Civil Rights Groups Disappointed After Facebook Meeting; NFL Player Apologizes for Antisemitic Instagram Posts

  • July 10, 2020
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Civil rights leaders came out of a meeting Tuesday with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg saying they didn’t make progress on #StopHateforProfit’s demands over how the social media giant polices the platform for hate and misinformation. Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson apologized for a series of antisemitic Instagram posts, one of which included a quote about Jews falsely attributed to Adolf Hitler. A county chairman in Kansas apologized for posting a cartoon on his newspaper’s Facebook page that invoked the Holocaust to criticize the governor’s order requiring people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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  1. Civil Rights Groups Express Disappointment with Facebook Meeting

“Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Ms. Sandberg, the chief operating officer, failed to win its critics over. For more than an hour over Zoom, the duo, along with other Facebook executives, discussed the company’s handling of hate speech with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Color of Change and other groups. Those organizations have recently helped push hundreds of companies, such as Unilever and Best Buy, to pause their advertising on Facebook to protest its handling of toxic speech and misinformation.” The New York Times: READ MORE

+ READ: Coalition Statement Following Meeting with Facebook Execs

+ WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on CNBC’s Squawk Box

+ SEE: List of advertisers pausing ad spending on Facebook

+ Report Slams Facebook For 'Vexing And Heartbreaking Decisions' On Free SpeechNPR’s All Things Considered

  1. Eagles' DeSean Jackson Apologizes After Posting Antisemitic Quote

“Jackson posted a passage to his Instagram Story that claimed to quote Hitler in saying that Black people were ‘the real Children of Israel,’ and that White Americans would be terrified to know that they have been ‘mistreating and discriminating and lynching’ them…” CNN: FULL STORY

+ WATCH: ADL Philadelphia’s Shira Goodman on CNN

+ READ: Joint statement condemning Jackson’s antisemitic social media posts

  1. Kansas G.O.P. Official Removes Cartoon Comparing Mask Order to Holocaust

“The cartoon, which showed Gov. Laura Kelly wearing a Star of David mask as people are loaded into a cattle car, was posted Friday on the Facebook page of a newspaper owned by a Republican county chairman.” The New York Times: FULL STORY

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: To compare COVID-19 rules to the slaughter of millions in the Holocaust is disgusting, wrong and has no place in our society…

+ ADL Resource: Coronavirus Crisis Elevates Antisemitic, Racist Tropes

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