Facebook ad pause extends; Minneapolis police identify “Umbrella Man”; Outrage over Philadelphia NAACP president’s antisemitic Facebook post

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July 31, 2020


As #StopHateForProfit July advertising pause is drawing to a close, many major companies remain unsatisfied with Facebook’s response to hate speech and misinformation on the platform, and some are vowing to continue the ad pause indefinitely. Minneapolis police identified a white supremacist whom they believe helped initiate the riots and destruction in the city following the killing of George Floyd. Jewish leaders expressed outrage over an antisemitic meme posted on the Facebook page of the president of the Philadelphia NAACP.

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.

1) Facebook Ad Pause Extends Beyond July

“Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO and Director Jonathan Greenblatt said while the campaign has ‘exceeded expectations,’ Facebook ‘clearly [has] not done enough.’ As a result, many companies that participated in the campaign will extend their boycott into next month, said Greenblatt, noting he expects to see ‘the movement get bigger and broader.’” Forbes: READ MORE

+ READ: Statement from Stop Hate for Profit on Ad Pause Success and #StopHateForProfit Campaign

+ READ: Even after civil-rights boycott, Facebook still doesn’t get itThe Seattle Times, Op-Ed by Jessica González of Free Press

2) Minneapolis Police Identify 'Umbrella Man' Who Helped Incite Violence After Killing of George Floyd

“According to a search warrant filed earlier this week, the man is associated with the ‘Aryan Cowboys,’ which ADL lists as a White supremacist prison and street gang. CNN is not naming the suspect, who was dubbed ‘Umbrella Man’ following the demonstrations, as police said no charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.” CNN: FULL STORY

+ ADL Resource: Who are the Aryan Cowboys?

+ WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt with CNN’s Sara Sidner

3) Philadelphia NAACP President Under Fire After Antisemitic Facebook Post

“Referring to his post on Facebook last weekend which showed celebrities Ice Cube, DeSean Jackson, and Nick Cannon ‐‐ all of whom recently made antisemitic statements ‐‐ alongside a grotesque antisemitic caricature, Muhammad said he regretted the offense he had caused.” Algemeiner: FULL STORY

+ ADL Philadelphia tweet: Rodney Muhammad’s latest statement is not an apology as he does not take responsibility for his words and actions…

+ Jonathan Greenblatt tweet: The historic ties between Black and Jewish communities, our ongoing work together and the partnerships we are building for the future demand our best against hate…