Kim Kardashian 'freezes' Facebook, Instagram due to 'hate, propaganda'

Kim Kardashian announces she will be ‘freezing’ her Facebook and Instagram profiles tomorrow because she can’t ‘stay silent’ while they spread ‘hate, propaganda and misinformation’ and ‘split America apart’

  • Kim Kardashian West announced Tuesday that she will ‘freeze’ her Instagram and Facebook accounts because the platforms allow for hate and misinformation
  • She said: ‘I love that I can connect directly with you through Instagram and Facebook, but I can’t sit by and stay silent’
  • ‘These platforms allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation – created by groups to sow division and split America apart,’ she added
  • The effort is a part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign seeking to hold social media companies accountable for hate on their platforms 
  • She, and other participants, will stay off the platforms for 24 hours Wednesday 

Kim Kardashian West has announced that she will ‘freeze’ her Instagram and Facebook accounts on Wednesday because the platforms allow for hate, propaganda and misinformation to spread. 

The 39-year-old reality star who posts on social media daily and has been paid as much as $1million for social media endorsements said the platforms are allowing groups to ‘sow division’ and they ‘split America apart.’

‘I love that I can connect directly with you through Instagram and Facebook, but 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 America apart – only to take steps after people are killed,’ she said in a lengthy message Tuesday.  

She along with other big name celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Ashton Kutcher, Michael B. Jordan and Sacha Baron Cohen are joining the #StopHateForProfit protest. 

The protest demands Facebook, which owns Instagram, ban pages that promote hate, forbid any event page with a call to arms, and remove election misinformation.  

Kim Kardashian announced Tuesday that she will ‘freeze’ her Instagram and Facebook accounts because the platforms allow for hate and misinformation as a part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign

The 39-year-old reality star said that groups take advantage of the platforms to ‘sow division and split America apart’. The effort is a part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign seeking to hold social media companies accountable for hate on their platforms

‘Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy. Please join me tomorrow when I will be “freezing” my Instagram and FB account to tell Facebook to #StopHateForProfit. Link in bio for more info on how to preserve truth,’ Kardashian West added in her post. 

Kardashian is the seventh most followed person on Instagram with 188million followers and she has more than 30million fans on Facebook.   

The campaign is asking participants to participate in a 24-hour Instagram ‘freeze’ on September 16 and the ‘Week of Action’ will end on September 18 with a call for people to vote. 

The campaign accuses the platform of ‘undermining democracy’ and profiting off allowing hate groups and pages to use their sites. 

More than 1,200 companies joined the boycott as well, including big brands like Unilever, Verizon, Adidas and Ford.  

The protest is led by the same the coalition of civil rights groups that led a month-long advertising boycott against Facebook in July following the death of George Floyd.

The #StopHateForProfit campaign says: ‘In the wake of a global health pandemic, Facebook’s failure to update the policies and processes that have allowed for hate, conspiracy theories and racist and antisemitic content to proliferate on its platform continues to be a source of pain for entire communities.’

‘In a historic election year, Facebook’s slow response to voter suppression, vitriolic and divisive content, and misinformation can have grave consequences for BIPOC voters and key democratic structures.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to Facebook for comment on the protest. 

Facebook has come under fire for questionable ads during the 2016 election and for allowing hate groups to gather on its platforms.

However, it’s unclear if the boycott will have any sway over the tech giant’s practices. 

Facebook was also heavily criticized for failing to take down a self-proclaimed militia group’s online call to arms event in Kenosha, Wisconsin following protests in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, according to The Verge.

On August 26 two people were killed by a 17-year-old anti-protester armed with a rifle.

Afterwards it was revealed that the Kenosha Guard, a group that calls themselves a militia organization, issued a ‘call to arms’ on the platform. 

At least two separate Facebook users reported the account for inciting violence prior to the shooting, but the Kenosha Guard’s Facebook page was only taken down the morning after the deadly shooting.

Facebook said in a statement at the time that the company’s investigation had produced no direct links between the shooting and the Kenosha Guard accounts. 

On Monday BuzzFeed News reported that an internal whistleblower said the company was slow to act on misinformation efforts that undermined elections around the globe. 

The issue is particularly worrisome ahead of the upcoming presidential election. 

‘In the three years I’ve spent at Facebook, I’ve found multiple blatant attempts by foreign national governments to abuse our platform on vast scales to mislead their own citizenry, and caused international news on multiple occasions,’ former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang said in a 6,600-word memo. 

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