Kim Kardashian West Joins Facebook And Instagram Boycott. Kimberly Noel Kardashian West is an American media personality, model, socialite, actress, and businesswoman. She was born in October 12, 1980. According to Wikipedia, Kim first gained media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton but received wider notice after a 2002 sex tape, Kim, a superstar with her then-boyfriend Ray J was released in 2007. Thus, later in 2007, she and her family began to appear in the E reality television series keeping up with the Kardashians.
She has developed an online and social media presence, including hundreds of millions of followers on Twitter and Instagram. Kim launched a variety of products tied to her name, including the 2014 mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a variety of clothing and products, the 2015 photo book selfish and her eponymous personal app.
Kim Kardashian West Joins Facebook And Instagram Boycott
According to BBC Kim Kardashian West and dozens of other celebrities have announced they will freeze their social media accounts to protest against the spread of hate propaganda and misinformation.
Kardashian West wrote in a statement on your Tuesday “Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact.”
The move is part of the #StopHateforProfit campaign which was organized by a civil rights activist.
Kardashian said, “ I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda, and misinformation created by groups to sow division and split American apart.”
She added, “Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy.”
Other celebrities that have agreed to take part in the boycott include actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sacha Baron Cohen, including singer Katy Perry.
Perry wrote, “I can’t sit idly by while these platforms turn a blind eye to groups and posts spreading hateful misinformation.”
Ashton Kutcher, who has millions of followers and is also joining the boycott, said “these tools were not built to spread hate and violence.”
The organizers of the #stopHateforProfit campaign, which was released in June, accuse Facebook and Instagram of not doing enough to stop hate speech and disinformation.
The group has focused on Facebook, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp and last year attracted an advertising revenue of almost $70bn(£56.7bn).
Lots of business and major civil rights groups, which include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Anti-Defamation League, have signed up to the campaign.
The group said in a statement “ We are quickly approaching one of the most consequential elections in American history. Facebook’s unchecked and vague changes are falling dangerously short of what is necessary to protect our democracy.”
Mark Zuckerberg Statement
However, in June, FB said it would label potentially harmful or misleading posts left up for their news value.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook said that the social media company would ban advertising containing claims “that people of a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, gender identity or immigration status” are a threat to others.
“The 2020 elections were already shaping up to be heated,” she wrote in a statement. During this moment, Facebook will take extra precautions to help everyone stay safe and keep them informed.
Moreover, the #StopHateforProfit campaign called for more to be done, and more than 90 companies subsequently paused advertising in support of its efforts.
Due to the boycott, shares in FB fell dramatically and US media reported that $7.2bn had been knocked off Mr. Zuckerberg’s personal net worth.
Regulators and policymakers across the globe are connected about the growth of hate speech, not just on Facebook but on all social media platforms, with many countries launching enquires into how the tech firms are dealing with the issue.