In a worldwide effort that was coordinated by a sense of nationalistic urgency of equality and impose free speech, publishers around the world are pulling back ad revenue to run on Facebook and Instagram because of their “under-progressed” views on free speech. Zuckerberg met with the displeased officials on Tuesday in an order to win some of the backlash back and resume their financial dependency.
However, even after the meeting, several officials from the world’s largest social network aren’t convinced that Facebook is not doing enough to combat hate speech disguised under the guise of free speech. Facebook has always kept a loose view on combating hate speech by allowing no filter whatsoever on speech regulation and moderation. Last month, a coalition of civil rights organizations, which included the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, Free Press and Color of Change called a “hit pause on hate” movement and not advertise on Facebook during the month of July.
However, the ban continued and caught extreme friction as big boys such as Coco-Cola and PlayStation joined the tide and continued the ban till Facebook equips better steps to counter hate speech. Tuesday morning Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sherly Sandberg met with the activists and with members of the policy team.
The #StopHateForProfit was amassing huge following as the activists did their best to put their points across the executives and instead of putting forth valuable talking points the latter just delivered the same old talking points and tried to “placate” the meeting without meeting the current demands. The following statement was corroborated by Free Press Co-CEO Jessica J. González in a statement after the virtual meet.
Facebook’s spokesperson reiterated the same points that Jessica iterate. “This meeting was an opportunity for us to hear from the campaign organizers and reaffirm our commitment to combating hate on our platform,” the statement said. “They want Facebook to be free of hate speech and so do we. That’s why it’s so important that we work to get this right.”