Kim Kardashian to 'freeze' Instagram, Facebook accounts

Lawrence Kim
September 16, 2020

Kim Kardashian West and number of other high profile celebrities have announced they will freeze their social media accounts to protest against the spread of "hate, propaganda and misinformation".

As much as we love Facebook and Instagram for connecting us with our favourite actors and influencers, we can not ignore the fact that the social media has been giving a platform to hate speech and misinformation also. "Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy", she wrote.

The reality star said in a tweet that she couldn't "sit by and stay silent" while the social platforms continued to let "hate, propaganda and misinformation" spread.

The coalition that led the boycott that saw some of the world's biggest companies pull their ads from Facebook in July announced a week of new action against the company based in Menlo Park on Monday.

Kim Kardashian will be "freezing" her Facebook and Twitter accounts for a day.

A handful of other celebrities have joined Kardashian in supporting the cause, including Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lawrence and Sacha Baron Cohen.

As part of the campaign the stars will be staying off Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday, September 16 for a dedicated week-long campaign about misinformation on the platform.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, has previously said it is taking steps to tackle disinformation online.

Thousands of businesses and major civil rights groups - including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Anti-Defamation League (AD) - have signed up to the campaign.

The campaign encouraged users to post about the harms that Facebook is inflicting on society and the importance of voting.

She shared the message alongside the #StopHateForProfit hashtag, which is being widely shared by people criticising social media companies. "During this moment, Facebook will take extra precautions to help everyone stay safe [and] stay informed".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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