We’ve all seen it and some of us have even been a victim to it. Something is posted on social media and then a battle ensues between people in the comments below the post. As people give their “expert” opinions, respect for others is vastly left out. The result – a deepening wound and enlarging gap of what you feel you can and cannot say in any public conversation. This of course has seen a large spike in the recent resurgence of unrest in our country after the murder of George Floyd.
In the past few months, social media giant Facebook has seen the repercussions of hate speech online in the form of lost advertising revenue. According to CNN, some of the world’s most well-known brands (The North Face, Pfizer, Starbucks and Levi Strauss, etc.) have paused their marketing on Facebook. These companies have led a joint effort addressing the social network’s handling of hate speech and misinformation. Facebook Corporate Communications Manager, Tom Channick, confirmed the information stating, “We take these matters very seriously and respect the feedback from our partners. We’re making real progress keeping hate speech off our platform.”