A-listers stop posting in social media freeze to protest hate

Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry are among other celebrities who will not post on Instagram or Facebook for 24 hours. (AFP)
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Updated 16 September 2020

A-listers stop posting in social media freeze to protest hate

NEW YORK: Celebrities including Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian will not post on Instagram or Facebook for 24 hours from Wednesday as part of a protest to pressure the world’s biggest social media firm to fight hate and disinformation.

Stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Michael B. Jordan have all expressed support for the freeze organized by “Stop Hate for Profit,” a coalition calling on Facebook, which owns Instagram, to change.

“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,” posted Kardashian, who has over 188 million followers on Instagram.

Actress Kerry Washington, known for her role on drama series “Scandal” posted: “It’s up to Facebook and other social platforms to stop the amplification of hate and the undermining of democracy.”

Facebook has come under heavy pressure from activists, governments and companies that advertise on its platforms for tougher action on promoting discrimination, hatred or violence.

The company has pointed to its efforts to take down accounts associated with extremist groups and its moves to fight misinformation ahead of the November 3 US presidential election.

Facebook was sharply criticised for its handling of the 2016 presidential election, when it failed to restrict disinformation from Russian operatives that spread conspiracy theories and discouraged voting in some cases.

The Stop Hate for Profit collective organizing Wednesday’s freeze, which includes the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP, was behind a push for advertisers to boycott the platform.

By July nearly 1,000 advertisers had joined, including VW and Adidas. Facebook still reported a $5.2 billion quarterly profit at the end of July, despite the protest.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg met with coalition organizers in July, but they vowed to continue pushing the ad boycott saying the social media giant had failed to tackle hateful content.

In a statement on Wednesday’s freeze, the Anti-Defamation League said “members of the public, corporations, nonprofits and social influencers are expected to join in the effort.”

The collective, made up of nine associations, has demanded that Facebook increase the resources it puts into fighting online hatred and disinformation.


Saudi radio star Big Hass teams up with Dubai Media City to shine a light on regional talent

Updated 26 September 2020

Saudi radio star Big Hass teams up with Dubai Media City to shine a light on regional talent

DUBAI: Regional music personality and radio host Hass “Big Hass” Dennaoui has teamed up with Dubai Media City (DMC) to launch a new live show dedicated to shining a light on the Gulf’s promising music talents.

Titled “DMC Amplify,” the first episode of the digital show will premiere on Oct. 2. Big Hass will be joined in the first session by up-and-coming Saudi rapper Molham, who will set the stage for a string of local artists, musicians and poets who will sit down with the radio host for hard-hitting talks and performances that will be streamed live via Facebook and YouTube.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"أكثر شيء أحبه لما تنادي اسمي"

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“We all have a duty to support and amplify the noise around local artists and that’s why our collaboration is so important,” said Big Hass in a statement. “This exciting new series will bring together amazing people with real stories to share about their struggles and successes. I can’t wait to get started.” 

Echoing his statement, Majed Al-Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City, added: “Shining a light on promising new artists breaking through the region’s multibillion-dollar creative industry is something that everyone in our community cares strongly about. For close to two decades, we’ve endeavoured to showcase emerging talent and provide a platform for them to reach a bigger audience through an action-packed roster of annual events. DMC Amplify is a natural extension of this and we’re delighted to see it take flight.”