Selena Gomez emailed Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg in September 2020 to warn of US militia groups operating on the social network despite a ban.
The actress and singer this week shared those emails with the AP, expressing frustration in an interview that tech platforms did not do enough to crack down on extremist speech ahead of the US Capitol riots.
She told the AP: "It isn't about me versus you, one political party versus another. This is about truth versus lies and Facebook, Instagram and big tech companies have to stop allowing lies to just flow and pretend to be the truth.
"Facebook continues to allow dangerous lies about vaccines and COVID and the US election, and neo-Nazi groups are selling racist products via Instagram."
According to the AP, Gomez wrote in her September email to Sandberg: "A search for a militia group 'Three Percenters' results in dozens of pages, groups and videos focused on people hoping and preparing for civil war, and there are dozens of groups titled 'white lives matter' that are full of hate and lies that might lead to people being hurt or, even worse, killed."
Insider previously reported that the Three Percenters formed in 2008, per the Anti-Defamation League. Its name stems from the myth that only 3% of colonists fought during the Revolutionary War. The group's members see themselves as modern-day incarnations of those revolutionaries.
The "Look At Her Now" singer has been very vocal in the political space over the past year & it's safe to say Selena is adding activist to her long list of titles. Watch!
Advertisement is the major source of income not only for all social media platforms but also for the companies promoting their products on a big platform where their products are seen by a billion users every month. Therefore, none of the social media platforms would want to lose these brands. Also, companies would not like to boycott these platforms. However, Facebook had a very large list of brands due to its Goodwill around the world. During last year boycott on social media, many big brands providing the major source of income to the social media platform are not giving much importance to the advertisement especially on Facebook, this is because there were a lot of hate speech and hatred posts on Facebook that provided the fake information to all the users.
Due to this, Facebook lost a portion of its income as a result of this boycott by the companies according to a report. Facebook badly lost its reputation in the last year due to misinformation about COVID-19 and hate speech. However, in the last research, in which data was not published, it was found that pulling out of advertisement from the social media platform did not much harm to the goodwill of Facebook.
In the latest research by Forrester (as per MD), it is found that almost 43 renowned companies took a part in the boycott of Facebook advertisement due to the misinformation and hate speech, that Facebook failed to control. However, there were only seven companies, whose revenue went down as a result of the boycott on social media, when their interim financial statement was compared from the previous quarter. These search results were produced by the vice president and principal analyst Sucharita Kodali. The astonishing results were that the 36 companies’ revenue was increased from before to the next quarter of 2020. However, many of these companies’ revenue decreased from year to year, but according to Kodali, COVID-19 also took a part in decreasing the revenue of these companies.
The renowned companies’ names, which took part in the boycott were Adidas and Birchbox, Best buy, and Clorox. This protest was led by the civil rights group who tried to put strong pressure on the giant social media platform and the largest digital advertisement platform around the globe. Their main slogan was hated speech and fake information which is generated from Facebook.
In the last year report, around 60 percent of all advertisement is controlled by Facebook and Google. According to an estimate, Facebook earns around 70 billion dollars from selling advertisement to the big brands. Buying advertisements from Facebook and Google has become cost-effective for major e-commerce players. Kodali further added in its interview that Facebook advertising gets the credits from online transactions where their ads are not purchased on its platform. Very few companies were told to completely shut down the advertisement on Facebook to see the boycott impact on their business. This was the first time all companies were agreed to do this.
However, the impact of the boycott on companies’ revenues is not that bad which was expected before, because they lost a big platform for the promotion of their products.
This boycott also put an impact on the revenue of Facebook, CFO of Facebook Dave Wehner told that their revenue despite this boycott increased up to 10 percent.
Facebook’s oversight board has received some 9,000 comments on former President Donald Trump’s suspension — nearly a hundred times the submissions for its five prior cases combined, the group’s head of communications said Thursday.
The statistic highlights the massive amount of interest in the case, which will decide whether Trump’s account on one of the world’s most powerful online platforms will remain banned.
The most highly watched case in its brief history: The group, which launched late last year and issued its first rulings on content decisions made by Facebook last month, received just over 100 submissions for those five initial cases combined, spokesperson Dex Hunter-Torricke said.
“This is an order of magnitude greater,” Hunter-Torricke said of the interest from the public. He spoke during a virtual discussion held by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The comments have come from a broad swath of groups and individuals. “There are all sorts of actors and ordinary folks who said this is something that I care about,” he said.
Pressure is building over the decision: A group of researchers and lawyers including former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos this week wrote a letter to the board arguing that Trump’s suspension was “justified” because he undermined public confidence in the 2020 election results and “encouraged violent insurrection” against the U.S. Capitol last month.
“The eventual deplatforming of Trump’s accounts helped defuse a dangerous and antidemocratic situation,” they wrote in a letter first reported by POLITICO.
What’s next: The board last week extended its deadline for submissions on Trump’s case by a week citing “high levels of interest” in it, with the window for input now open until Friday.
The board is set to rule on Trump’s case by April, but members have vowed to move more swiftly given its prominence.