Washington Post

Facebook faces a growing advertising boycott

Facebook has faced harsh criticism in the last few months for allowing statements made by President Donald Trump to remain on its site, even as fellow social media site Twitter took steps to label and limit them. In particular, Facebook was skewered by civil rights advocates and its own employees for allowing Trump's post that said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" to stay online untouched. Foto: AP Photo/Richard Drew, file

Unilever, the company behind brands such as Dove, Lipton and Hellmann's, is pulling advertising from Facebook and Twitter in the U.S. for the rest of the year, adding to a growing list of companies protesting the social media site's handling of hate speech online.

Unilever said in a statement it also plans to pull ads from Facebook-owned Instagram this year. Civil rights groups have been pushing companies to put their financial weight behind a Facebook boycott because the social media sites continue to allow hateful and harmful content on their sites, according to the Anti-Defamation League...

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