Starbucks suspends social media ads over hate speech – BBC News

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The announcement came after Coca-Cola called for “higher accountability” from social networks firms.
Coca Cola said it would stop briefly marketing on all social networks platforms globally, while Unilever, owner of Ben & & Jerrys ice cream, said it would halt Twitter, Facebook and Instagram advertising in the US “at least” through 2020.
The announcements follow controversy over Facebooks approach to moderating content on its platform – seen by lots of as too hands off. It followed Facebook stated on Friday it would begin to label potentially harmful or misleading posts which have been left up for their news worth.
Founder Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook would also ban marketing containing claims “that people of a specific race, ethnic background, national origin, spiritual affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status” are a risk to others.

Starbucks has announced it will suspend advertising on some social networks platforms in reaction to hate speech.
The coffee huge joins worldwide brands consisting of Coca-Cola, Diageo and Unilever which have actually recently gotten rid of marketing from social platforms.
A Starbucks spokesperson told the BBC the social networks “pause” would not include YouTube, owned by Google.
” We think in bringing communities together, both personally and online,” Starbucks said in a declaration.
The brand said it would “have discussions internally and with media partners and civil liberties organizations to stop the spread of hate speech”. But it will continue to post on social media without paid promotion, it stated.

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Media captionMark Zuckerberg told the BBCs Simon Jack that Facebook would take down coronavirus misinformationThe organisers of the #StopHateforProfit campaign, which has actually implicated Facebook of not doing enough to stop hate speech and disinformation, said the “little number of small modifications” would not “make a damage in the problem”.
Starbucks stated that while it was suspending marketing on some social platforms, it would not join the #StopHateForProfit campaign. More than 150 business have paused marketing in assistance of #StopHateforProfit.
Coca-Cola also informed CNBC its marketing suspension did not mean it was signing up with the campaign, despite being noted as a “taking part service”.
The project has actually urged Mr Zuckerberg to take additional actions, consisting of developing long-term civil liberties “infrastructure” within Facebook; sending to independent audits of identity-based hate and misinformation; finding and eliminating personal and public groups releasing such material; and producing expert teams to review problems.
In an interview with Reuters, one of the campaigns organisers stated it would also call on European firms to join the boycott. “The next frontier is global pressure,” stated Jim Steyer, the primary executive of Common Sense Media. He included that the project hoped European regulators would take a harder stance on social networks firms such as Facebook.
In June, the European Commission announced new standards for business to send month-to-month reports on how they are managing coronavirus-related false information.
In 2015, Facebook reported a 27% boost in marketing revenue on the previous year.