Monday, June 29, 2020
Starbucks has joined Unilever, Verizon, Honda, Levi Strauss, Diageo, Patagonia and other big advertisers who have paused their social media advertising. What started as a Facebook boycott is quickly evolving into a referendum on the state of social media.
This should surprise no one. There are many wonderful things about social media, but in the past few years, the bad has overshadowed the good by a wide margin. It is time for big tech to step up and do the right thing. This isn't a 1st Amendment issue, these are public companies that can enact whatever policies are best for their shareholders.
Said differently, we willingly give the tech giants access to our most personal data. Several social media and search sites even read the contents of our clipboards when we are logged in. With that amount of access to our data - they can take a big step towards solving the "stop hate for profit" issues. It's the right thing to do. -s
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