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Anti-Defamation League sends open letter to advertisers, urging them to boycott Facebook due to ads being placed adjacent to hateful content

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  1. [5]
    Deimos
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    It's embedded as a PDF at the bottom of the article, but here's the actual open letter on ADL's blog: https://www.adl.org/news/letters/an-open-letter-to-the-companies-that-advertise-on-facebook...

    It's embedded as a PDF at the bottom of the article, but here's the actual open letter on ADL's blog: https://www.adl.org/news/letters/an-open-letter-to-the-companies-that-advertise-on-facebook

    Verizon has already announced they're pulling their ads as a result of this, which is a pretty big one since it looks like they spent about $2 million in the last month.

    12 votes
    1. [2]
      MimicSquid
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      Ooh, I like this bit: "[Facebook] VP of global business Carolyn Everson [spoke] to advertisers last week saying that it does not “make policy changes tied to revenue pressure” and that it sets...

      Ooh, I like this bit: "[Facebook] VP of global business Carolyn Everson [spoke] to advertisers last week saying that it does not “make policy changes tied to revenue pressure” and that it sets “policies based on principles rather than business interests.”

      It sounds great on the surface, but what principle is Facebook standing by?

      8 votes
      1. DanBC
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        They all say that, and then the advertisers leave, and then they all decide that they need the money more than they want horrific racism, misogyny, transphobia, conspiracy theories, etc on their...

        They all say that, and then the advertisers leave, and then they all decide that they need the money more than they want horrific racism, misogyny, transphobia, conspiracy theories, etc on their site, and then they quite rightly begin banning that stuff.

        See also Sleeping Giants (US) and Hope Note Hate (UK).

        Money is a big motivator.

        7 votes
    2. Bauke
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      /noise Ah, so that's why Firefox was complaining about "This PDF document might not be displayed correctly." when I opened the page.

      /noise

      It's embedded as a PDF at the bottom of the article

      Ah, so that's why Firefox was complaining about "This PDF document might not be displayed correctly." when I opened the page.

      2 votes
  2. [2]
    Deimos
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    Unilever announced they will stop buying ads on Facebook and Twitter for at least the rest of the year. They own a lot of big brands, and it looks like their ad spend on Facebook is comparable to...

    Unilever announced they will stop buying ads on Facebook and Twitter for at least the rest of the year. They own a lot of big brands, and it looks like their ad spend on Facebook is comparable to Verizon's:

    Unilever, for the first three months of June, was the 33rd-biggest advertiser on Facebook, according to data from ad tracking firm Pathmatics, spending over $2 million in those three weeks alone.

    10 votes