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ADL waging war on facebook for not censoring hard enough

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Verizon Joins Facebook Ad Boycott, Adding To Growing Backlash Against Tech Giant’s Laissez-Faire Approach To Posts

The Anti-Defamation League has applied pressure to major advertisers, including Geico and Verizon, noting what it called “egregious examples of online hate, misinformation and extremism” on the platform. “Whether or not these posts technically violate Facebook’s complicated guidelines around hate speech, as a result of the platform’s casual placement of ads, paid advertisements run a risk of being placed next to divisive (and sometimes blatantly hateful) content,” the ADL said in a blog post.

Misleading posts about Antifa’s supposed role in waves of protests in recent weeks exacerbated concerns about Facebook as an environment for ads. While the reports were quickly disproved, they were allowed to spread unchecked in late-May and into June. Residents of dozens of cities became alarmed by Facebook reports that “anti-fascist” demonstrators were infiltrating their areas and fomenting chaos.

Unlike Facebook, Twitter has made at least a cursory move to manage the information disseminated via its network, even attaching fact-checking warnings or other labels on several tweets by President Donald Trump. YouTube, which has also faced backlash from advertisers over its inability to prevent blue-chip advertisers from having their messages appear next to violent or objectionable footage, has also tightened up of late.

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has generally taken a laissez-faire stance on content, though, insisting that Facebook is merely a platform and is not responsible for the content appearing on it. That position is blamed for helping to enable the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and widespread manipulation of the platform by forces aligned with Trump in 2016, the year he was elected.

Beyond politics, the concern of the ADL and other watchdogs is that general discourse is not policed and that extremist groups are able to organize on Facebook and Instagram. Zuckerberg and his management team have sought to address the issue in recent months, but participants in the boycott are still concerned about the state of those efforts.

Facebook, along with Google, dominates digital advertising. In 2019, total ad revenue at Facebook reached $20.7 billion, up 25% from 2018.

AdAge was the first to report Verizon’s withdrawal, noting that the company is the 10th largest advertiser on Facebook, spending $850,000 there through the first three weeks of June