Unite suspends advertising with Facebook

Unite has suspended advertising with Facebook for the month of July.

The union says it has taken the decision because of serious concerns that the social media giant has failed to remove racist posts published in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.

A statement from the union said: “Anti-racism is at the core of our values as a trade union so we must act when organisations fail in their duty to combat racist abuse and injustice. Facebook is an enormous global platform and with this power comes an immense responsibility to challenge hatred in all its forms.

“Unite believes that it has not acted with sufficient speed and conviction in removing hate posts from its site– and has, therefore, withdrawn its advertising for the month of July, in line with the global advertising boycott of the channel.

“Unite is calling on Facebook to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those who are working towards a fairer world, free of race hate.

“We urge it to get onto the right side of history and heed the growing calls from across society for it to adopt a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to racism in all of its manifestations in relation to materials posted on its site.”

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