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NAACP calls for Facebook boycott after report reveals Russian government targeted African-Americans

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has asked people to boycott Facebook for a week following reports that platform had been used by Russian agents to try to sway the minds of America’s black voters.

Two reports released Monday showed how millions of posts from fake Russian accounts ended up on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter. But what was perhaps the biggest shock was that Russian agents had focused on sowing seeds of discontent in African-American communities.

Messages such as “I WON’T VOTE, WILL YOU?” were specifically aimed at black audiences. According to researchers at the University of Oxford and Graphika, the messages were either used to “discourage members from voting” or to put a more positive slant on Donald Trump.

NAACP has now…

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Facebook Talks Goals, Civil Rights During NAACP Boycott Of Its Platforms

The Facebook logo is seen on an Android mobile phone in an arranged photograph on December 5, 2018 in Krakow, Poland. (Credit: Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)Getty

Facing ever-heightened criticism for its role in Russian influence campaigns, Facebook has released an update on its ongoing civil rights audit on the same day that a week-long boycott of its platforms has begun.

On Tuesday, the NAACP launched a planned one-week boycott of Facebook and its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp following reports of Russian influence campaigns’ extensive targeting of African Americans on the platforms. On social media, numerous companies and social justice organizations expressed their support for the boycott, which organizers say is motivated by…

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#LogOutFacebook: NAACP begins boycott in response to Russian hackers targeting African-Americans

BALTIMORE – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling for a week-long boycott of Facebook Tuesday in response to data breaches and privacy concerns with the social media network.

The protest comes a day after the release of a report in which the Senate Intelligence Committee that found Russian hackers influenced the…

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NAACP Calls for Weeklong Facebook Boycott

Some examples of memes used by Russia’s IRA agency to target African Americans.
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Starting today, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is calling for users to log out of Facebook and other Facebook-owned social media and chat apps like Instagram and WhatsApp. The weeklong boycott is in response to two reports released on Monday detailing how Russian hackers specifically targeted African Americans in the 2016 election.

The civil rights group also noted on Twitter that it has returned a recent donation from Facebook. But while the reports may have triggered the #LogOutFacebook boycott, the NAACP is also pointing to Facebook’s many other blunders around data privacy and advertising. It also doesn’t help that former Facebook manager Mark S. Luckie…

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NAACP Launches Facebook Boycott Over Russian Voter Suppression Targeting African Americans

Black voter turnout declined sharply in 2016 and Facebook may be part of the reason why.

Two new government reports released Monday revealed Russian trolls used Facebook to encourage African Americans not to participate in the pivotal presidential election, reports The New York Times. In turn, the NAACP is urging African Americans not to use the social media giant or its sister-site, Instagram, for a week.

On Dec. 18, the NAACP launched a weeklong boycott of Facebook in response to the new revelations that illustrate how the social network was used to manipulate black voters. The NAACP said it hopes their #LogOutFacebook campaign will help the global tech company prioritize the data and privacy of its users of color over corporate interests. In addition to launching the boycott, the…

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African-American group calls for boycott of Facebook

The NAACP said that in addition to calling for a daylong boycott of Facebook and its affiliates, it was returning a donation for an undisclosed amount that it received from Facebook.

In a statement, the NAACP said it was “reprehensible” how Facebook was used “for propaganda promoting disingenuous portrayals of the African American community.”

The latest report on the IRA’s involvement in the 2016 election came from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The committee provided information to two research groups that then reported their findings to the Senate committee.

“This newly released data demonstrates how aggressively Russia sought to divide Americans by race, religion and ideology, and how the IRA actively worked to erode trust in our democratic institutions,” said Senator Richard…

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