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Entertainment Selena Gomez calls on Mark Zuckerberg to stop Facebook's spread of 'hate' and 'misinformation'

10:20  20 september  2020
10:20  20 september  2020 Source:   celebrity.nine.com.au

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Selena Gomez has posted a message to her Instagram story calling out Facebook executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg for not doing enough to counteract negativity on the platform.

Gomez, who has a whopping 193 million followers on Instagram (a platform owned on Facebook), shared a screenshot of a direct message that she sent to Zuckerberg, Facebook's founder, and Sandberg, its chief operating officer.

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In the message she implores the execs to take accountability for the "misinformation" and "hate speech" that is widely spread on the social media site. Though she doesn't cite specific examples, Gomez believes the duo should wield their power to shut down guilty groups and individuals.

"Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry," she wrote. "I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it."

She then mentioned the upcoming US election: "We cannot afford to have misinformation about voting. There has to be fact-checking and accountability. Hope to hear back from you ASAP."

Selena Gomez DMs Mark Zuckerberg about hateful content on Facebook

  Selena Gomez DMs Mark Zuckerberg about hateful content on Facebook Selena Gomez shared a private message with her 193 million Instagram followers that was sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg urging them to combat racism on Facebook and Instagram.The 28-year-old Rainy Day In New York star shared a screenshot of her message to Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, in her Instagram Stories.

Gomez is a co-chair of the organisation "When We All Vote," which encourages voter registration in the USA.

The singer's message comes just a few days after major stars like Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and Kerry Washington blocked out their social platforms for a day to promote #StopHateforProfit.

"I can't sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation — created by groups to sow division and split America apart — only to take steps after people are killed," Kardashian wrote of the campaign in social media posts. "Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy."

The #StopHateForProfit campaign was supported by hundreds of businesses who temporarily suspended their advertising on Facebook in the hope of urging the social media company to be more active in blocking spreaders of hate speech.

Selena Gomez goes public with private message to Facebook calling out 'hate, racism and bigotry'

  Selena Gomez goes public with private message to Facebook calling out 'hate, racism and bigotry' Selena Gomez went public on Friday night with a private message she sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg about "hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry" on Facebook and Instagram. The Wolves hitmaker initially sent the message privately to the Facebook founder and CEO and Sandberg, chief operating officer, but, after failing to receive a response, went public on her Instagram Stories with her complaint. Pleading with the duo to start a dialogue on the issues of misinformation and hate speech, she penned: "Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry"I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS.

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg admitted that the company made "an operational mistake" in not blocking the self-proclaimed militia group "Kenosha Guard" which encouraged armed members to attend Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha. Two people were shot and killed. Zuckerberg confirmed "a bunch of people" had reported the group but Facebook did not removed the page from the platform.


Video: Kim Kardashian to freeze Facebook, Instagram accounts to protest hate speech (Reuters)

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