Amid growing advertiser boycott against Facebook, the Federal government urge to unfriend the company.
Friends of canadian broadcasting wants the Federal government to drop the hosting virtual celebration on Facebook, because he says that the social media giant is complicit in promoting racism, violence and misinformation.
“As the government could in good conscience encourage Canadians to visit this place to have its civil festival on Facebook to drive eyeballs and profits for Facebook, and to continue advertising with tens of millions of Federal dollars each year for the company?” said Daniel Bernhard, Executive Director of the friends, a grassroots organization that protects canadian culture, democracy and journalism, but is not affiliated with any broadcasters.
“It’s an American brand, which is developing very well-deserved reputation ruined democracy and stability in the world….There is no sense that the government of Canada to continue to feed this beast with public dollars and gives passive approval for the conduct of the company.”
Bernhard said the government has long contended that he needs to use Facebook because that is where most of the people, but his organization believes that the company could not continue to push the platform given his track record with hateful content and white supremacists.
The Federal government of Canada celebration day will include sets printable activities for kids, music playlists and two shows with performances by artists including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, dog, Alanis Morissette and Haviah mighty.
In addition to Facebook, the show will be broadcast on YouTube, CBC, CPAC and Radio-Canada.
Facebook declined to comment on the issue and the Department of canadian heritage did not immediately offer a response to the canadian press when asked about the call to change your holiday.
The demand from friends of canadian broadcasting is about how civil rights and advocacy groups, including the anti-defamation League and the national Association for the advancement of colored people has launched the #StopHateForProfit boycott.
The boycott calls for major international brands to stop paid advertising on Facebook in July, to make it clear that Menlo Park, California. the company did not do enough to keep racist, false and dangerous content or white racists from its platform.
Coca-Cola, Unilever, Honda America, Patagonia among dozens of international companies that supported the boycott.
Rags To Roll Out Ink. Mountain equipment co-op, Dugi teryx and Moosehead Breweries has pledged to follow suit in Canada and joined in on Tuesday, the cinema Inc.A group of UGA club and on the Internet registration Canada.
“We’ve seen some of the largest and the pursuit of profit, the company said that no money is not enough to justify hatred and incitement to violence and misinformation about what Facebook has become synonymous with,” said Bernhard.
“I found it very disturbing that the government of Canada now has a weaker moral position on fundamental issues of equity, justice and public safety, than Coca-Cola and Unilever to do.”
This report by the canadian press was first published on 30 June 2020.
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Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press
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