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and are calling on Facebook and Instagram to stop allowing "misinformation" and "hate speech" to be shared on their platforms.
On Friday, Gomez, 28, shared a screenshot of a private message she sent to Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as well as the company’s COO Sheryl Sandberg.
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The actress beat out herself in the same category for her role on The Good Place. The former Saturday Night Live cast member won the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series award for her portrayal of Senator — and now vice presidential candidate — Kamala Harris on the long-running sketch show. Notably, Rudolph beat herself for the award, as she was also nominated in the category for her performance on NBC's The Good Place. Nor did her nominations end there: Rudolph scored her first Emmy win on Thursday, for her vocal performance on Netflix's Big Mouth.
“It’s been a while since we sat down. We have a serious problem,” the singer wrote in the message shared on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. Gomez also claimed the two social media platforms “are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism and bigotry."
"I am calling on 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 added. “. We cannot afford to have misinformation about voting. There has to be fact checking and accountability. Hope to hear back from you ASAP.”
Aniston, 51, echoed Gomez’s call to action in her own statement.
“We need to have this conversation,” the actress wrote. “Instagram is fun and we love connecting with each other — but hate speech, bigotry, racism, homophobia, transphobia are far too welcome on this platform and Facebook must regulate this.”
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Jim Carrey debuts as Joe Biden, Alec Baldwin is over playing Trump, Chris Rock nailed it, and we hope everyone stays healthy.Going back to the studio didn’t necessarily mean going back to “normal” for SNL, however: There’s still the issue of Covid-19, its impact on film production, and its continued toll on the society that SNL comments on. Masks are commonplace; social distancing is the norm; more than 1 million people worldwide have died. As of this Friday, right before the season premiere, even President Donald Trump has contracted the illness.
“Social media is playing a huge role in this election and we need to be conscious of the information we take in. Check your facts and stop hate,” she added, alongside a link to the.
Other celebrities who have recently supported the campaign include, , and .
Facebook hasfor , even those that have contained lies and misinformation — as well as for made on the platform.
The Stop Hate for Profit campaign was announced on June 17, when a number of civil rights groups, including theand the , in the Los Angeles Times.
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SNL's premiere spoofed Tuesday's presidential debate, as Alec Baldwin played an obnoxious President Trump, Jim Carrey debuted his Joe Biden, and Maya Rudolph was Kamala Harris.In the sketch, Biden gets meditation guidance from Harry Styles to keep his anger in check, Trump steamrolls over a helpless Chris Wallace, and Kamala Harris scolds both candidates as if they were children.
“Today, we are asking all businesses to stand in solidarity with our most deeply held American values of freedom, equality and justice and not advertise on Facebook’s services in July,” the ad read. “Let’s send Facebook a powerful message: Your profits will never be worth promoting hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence.”
Although Zuckerberg went on to announce that the company would be changing some of its policies in order to prohibit hate speech from appearing in its ads, the Stop Hate for Profit campaign said that the “small number of small changes” would not be enough and would barely “make a dent" in the enormous problem.
“To be clear, Mr. Zuckerberg has not yet approached the type of meaningful action that we want to see,” the campaign wrote in a statement in July. “This movement will not go away until Facebook makes the reasonable changes that society wants.”
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14 Superstars You Probably Forgot Got Their Start on Saturday Night Live .
Before they were Oscar nominees and Emmy winners, they were SNL cast members.Some of those stars stuck around for long tenures—like Kenan Thompson, now in his record 18th season, and Kate McKinnon, the longest serving female cast member ever with nine seasons—while others had a decidedly shorter time on the sketch show.