Zuckerberg unwilling to alter Facebook policies over advertisement boycott, report states

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is supposedly unwilling to alter the social media network’s policies in the middle of a growing advertisement boycott. During a video city center conference last Friday, Zuckerberg informed workers that he anticipates “all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough,” according to a records acquired by from The Information.

Last month, a group of civil liberties companies consisting of the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP and Color of Change contacted services to “hit pause on hate” and not market on Facebook for the month of July. The groups are pressing Facebook to do more to fight hate speech on the platform. 

The project has actually gained ground with significant brand names consisting of Unilever, Verizon, Sony, Target, Ford and Microsoft signing up with the boycott. As of July 1, more than 500 services and companies had actually supposedly stated they were stopping briefly marketing on Facebook. 

Facebook executives have actually supposedly been consulting with marketers, and Zuckerberg is preparing to speak with organizers of the boycott, according to Reuters. 

However, Zuckerberg informed workers last Friday that the boycott is more of a credibility and partner problem than a financial one. “We’re not gonna change our policies or approach on anything because of a threat to a small percent of our revenue, or to any percent of our revenue,” Zuckerberg stated. 

Facebook states it take matters connected to dislike speech seriously and appreciates feedback from partners. 

“We’re making real progress keeping hate speech off our platform, and we don’t benefit from this kind of content,” stated a Facebook representative on Thursday. “But as we’ve said, we make policy changes based on principles, not revenue pressures.”

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