By the time millions of people have shared false information, it’s already too late.
A simple circuit breaker could have stopped disinformation about the pandemic and about the 2020 elections from reaching millions of people.
Disinformation and incitements to violence are nothing new. What is new is online platforms that spread controversial content at lightning speed, before anyone’s had a chance to check it for dangerous disinformation or incitement to hatred and violence.
That’s how the verifiably false Plandemic video spread to more than 8 million people in one week before social media companies took it down.
We deserve social media platforms free from attacks on our elections, free from pandemic misinformation, and free from threats to our physical safety.
Circuit breakers are used in the stock exchange when there’s a dramatic drop, to pause trading and allow traders to assimilate new information and make better-informed choices. Social media circuit breaking would work the same way, pausing the most high volume posts for fact-checking before they reach millions of people.
Facebook can and should build and flip the switch!
As Facebook users, we demand Facebook enact a circuit breaker policy to stem the flow of hate and lies!
Donald Trump is no longer on Facebook, which has been a welcome respite for everyone who wants posts that incite hate and violence and spread dangerous disinformation off their social media feeds.
But now the tech giant has announced that it’s passing the decision about whether to keep Trump off of Facebook permanently to the brand-new Facebook Oversight Board.
Let’s make sure the Oversight Board keeps Donald Trump off Facebook. Our democracy and civil society depend on it.
The Facebook oversight board is accepting public comments until Friday, February 12 about whether or not Facebook should continue to ban Donald Trump from its platform. Please submit a comment ASAP. Click here for language you can copy and paste, but it’s preferable to submit a unique comment.
On Tuesday, December 15, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10 – 1 in support of a resolution condemning the naming of San Francisco General Hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Our coalition took the lead in getting the resolution passed, in partnership with SEIU Local 1021.
Since Election Day, Donald Trump and his enablers have been swamping Facebook with lies and conspiracy theories about his defeat in the election. On Saturday, Nov. 21, we protested outside of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s house in San Francisco to say that he and Facebook are not doing enough to slow the onslaught, from which he personally profits. We say, no more excuses! Undermining faith in voting and elections puts our entire society at risk. The protest was covered by the San Francisco Examiner, KCBS radio, Mission Local, and KPFA.
Facebook will play a key role in enabling–or preventing–disinformation about the election results from disrupting our democracy. That’s why the Protest Facebook coalition has organized a November 4thProtect the Results protest outside of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park to insist that Facebook stop misinformation from candidates, campaigns, and others who declare victory on Facebook before the final election results are in.
On July 28, the #ProtestFacebook mobile billboard hit the streets of San Francisco and the Peninsula —thanks to your support! Check out the awesome photos and video.
We drove home our messages of protest at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Mark Zuckerberg’s houses in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s house in Menlo Park, and the businesses of Facebook board members Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen.
Please share the mobile billboard photos and video on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. With less than 100 days to go before the US elections, we need to make sure Facebook doesn’t ZUCK UP our democracy!
Great news! On July 21, San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced a resolution condemning the naming of San Francisco General Hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Supervisor Matt Haney co-sponsored the resolution. The resolution will be voted on at a Government Audit and Oversight Committee meeting before it goes to the full board of supervisors sometime in September 2020. Please urge the San Francisco supervisors to vote YES on the resolution. Click here for supervisor contact information and a sample email you can copy and paste.
A growing chorus of organizations is calling on corporations to stop advertising on Facebook until the company changes its ways. Please join us in urging these corporations to use the power of the purse to insist that Facebook protect the public from lies, hate, and disinformation on its platform
This toolkit tells you how to easily reach out to Facebook advertisers. It includes:
Sample Facebook posts
Contact information for top Facebook advertisers
Your outreach can make a difference! You’ll be joining with the thousands of people who are working to @detox_Facebook by contacting companies through Twitter as well as supporting the new Stop Hate for Profit campaign being led by organizations like Free Press, Color of Change, and Sleeping Giants. Working together, we can generate enough financial pressure to make Facebook rethink its inadequate response to viral disinformation and hatred on its platform.
Whether it’s racist rhetoric by Donald Trump, disinformation about the coronavirus, or lies in ads by political campaigns, Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have failed to act. Watch this June 10, 2020 webcast to find out what you can do to stop the lies and hate on Facebook. It features:
Jeffrey Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy