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Analysis: Boycott could finally force Facebook to change

The social network is no stranger to controversy, but the fact that the #StopHateForProfit campaign could hit shareholders where it hurts means things are different this time

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent

@emmetjryan
8th July, 2020
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, was questioned about social media regulation when he met members of the Oireachtas Communications Committee last year. The social network is under fire again over its failure to police hate speech.

Facebook has been subject to a significant backlash from advertisers over the past few weeks. The list of brands taking action over the social media giant’s failings in policing hate speech is a collection of some of the biggest names around.

The company’s own efforts to respond haven’t exactly inspired. At one point, it claimed it was detecting and removing 90 per cent of such material automatically.

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