Jul 12, 2020

Labour joins Facebook advert boycott over 'hateful material'

Labour is joining the advertising boycott of Facebook "In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement", one of the party's senior MPs has said. Shadow minister Rachel Reeves told the BBC the party wanted "To express our concern about the failure of Facebook to take down some hateful material". The Facebook advertising boycott was started by the "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis. "Speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, Ms Reeves said:"All MPs in the Labour Party use Facebook to get across our message, but what we're not doing at the moment is advertising on Facebook. "Facebook needs to do more to take responsibility and this is just one way that businesses and the Labour Party and others can put pressure on Facebook to do the right things and take tougher action on hate crime and hate speech."

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