Hate speech

What do Facebook's ad boycotters want?

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign's aims explained
The aims of the Stop Hate for Profit campaign are explained by Damien Huang, president of clothes brand Eddie Bauer, which is participating in the advertising boycott of Facebook. He speaks to presenter Ed Butler.

'Facebook's become breeding ground for bigotry'

Jonathan Greenblatt from ADL on their Stop Hate for Profit ad boycott campaign
Ben and Jerry's has joined a growing list of firms pulling advertising from Facebook platforms throughout July.

It's part of the Stop Hate For Profit campaign, which calls on Facebook to have stricter measures against racist and hateful content. Facebook has said it is committed to "advancing equity and racial justice". Earlier this week outdoor brands The North Face, Patagonia and REI joined the campaign.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, which is one of the groups spearheading the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign, explained how George Floyd's murder has made them call on advertisers to pressure companies to adopt stricter measures against racist and hateful content on its platforms.

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Ethiopia passes law on hate speech and fake news

Kalkidan Yibeltal

BBC News, Addis Ababa

In this photo illustration, the WhatsApp logo is displayed on the screen of an iPhone in front of a TV screen
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WhatsApp is a popular way of communicating in Ethiopia

Ethiopia's parliament has passed a controversial law aimed at curbing hate speech and disinformation on mainstream and social media.

Critics said the law could be used to suppress dissent ahead of a general election later this year.

It will be the first poll in Ethiopia since Nobel Peace Prize winner and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018.

He introduced sweeping reforms and promised free and fair elections.

But the authorities said the law was necessary to deal with a surge in violence recently witnessed across the country.