Facebook’s lack of interest in addressing concerns over their content has led to a number of companies withdrawing their advertising from the site. And the latest big name to act is our very own PlayStation. Whether it will be enough to force change is doubtful, especially as they’re all using the words “temporary suspension”, but it’s a show of force all the same by some very big (read lucrative) brands. So, surely the social media site will have to start paying attention? Especially if they care at all about their profits…
That should really read users, shouldn’t it? What a world we live in.
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Their competitors, like Twitter, are already taking measures to try and suppress the spread of misinformation and hate speech. Nothing that completely eradicates the problem, true, but that at least takes steps to curb its efficiency for now. Yet, Facebook are standing firm on their stance that their role is not to control what we’re subjected to. Rather, they are a publishing platform and we can make our own minds up about the validity of things. As for the hatred spreading around the place, they’ve never really been good at censoring the right things, have they?
PlayStation explained their decision in a statement, which you’ll find below. However, it’s worth also pointing out that their marketing promotions will be absent from Instagram, too – due to it being a subsidiary of the Facebook group.
“In support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, we have globally suspended our Facebook and Instagram activity, including advertising and non-paid content, until the end of July. We stand for working (and playing) together for good.”
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