For Immediate Release: June 26, 2020
COLOR OF CHANGE ISSUES STATEMENT ON UNILEVER DECISION TO HALT FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM ADS
NATIONWIDE— In response to Unilever’s decision to commit to the #StopHateforProfit pledge and halt advertisements on Facebook and Instagram through the end of 2020, Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson issued the following statement:
“As one of the largest spenders on Facebook’s platforms, Unilever’s decision to halt advertising and commit to our #StopHateforProfit pledge brings us a huge step forward in holding Facebook accountable for enabling hateful, denigrating and discriminatory content against Black people. Facebook leaders should understand the gravity of this movement for civil rights and take urgent steps to remedy its harms, including implementing a permanent civil rights infrastructure. Facebook cannot afford to look away anymore.”
Since the start of the campaign on June 17, nearly 100 companies including Verizon, Ben & Jerry’s, and North Face have committed to joining the #StopHateforProfit pledge against Facebook and hit pause on ad spending for July 2020. With calls across the world demanding justice for Black people, Facebook’s failure to protect and support Black users has never been clearer.