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Capitol Communicator reports that Starbucks joined a growing list of companies cutting social media ads to highlight complaints about online hate speech.

Starbucks Joins Growing List of Companies Cutting Social Media Ads

by | Jun 28, 2020

Starbucks is joining the “chorus of major brands” withdrawing ads from social networks to highlight complaints about online hate speech, reports Engadget. The coffee chain announced it would “pause” ads on all social networking platforms, not just Facebook, while it held internal discussions with civil rights groups and partners. “More must be done” to create inclusive online spaces, Starbucks said, and that meant having both companies and politicians cooperate.

According to Engadget, Starbucks explained to The Verge that it would still “run ads on YouTube, and would still write social media posts that aren’t paid promotions. It didn’t provide a timetable for the ad freeze. Most other companies boycotting social networks are withholding ads for July.

“However long the pause lasts, Starbucks is adding to a list of major brands pulling their ads (largely from Facebook) to press for change, including Coca-Cola, Honda, Hershey and Engadget’s parent company Verizon. Facebook said it wouldn’t make policy changes in response to financial pressure, but nonetheless said it would label politicians’ posts when they break the rules.”

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