Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has said he is joining civil rights organizations in the United States to call on “all Instagram and Facebook users to protest against the amplification of hatred, racism and weakening of democracy on these platforms ”.
Musician Michael Bublé, actor Sacha Baron Cohen and actress Beth Stelling are also among the participants.
The #StopHateForProfit movement, which calls for a 24-hour “freeze” on Instagram on Wednesday, says Facebook is not doing enough to tackle hate speech on its platforms.
In July, he persuaded hundreds of organizations to stop advertising on Facebook’s platforms, which also include Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook says it has reformed its hate speech monitoring and will appoint a new senior executive to oversee civil rights issues.
But #StopHateForProfit said platforms need to do more to enforce anti-hate speech policies.
“We are rapidly approaching one of the most significant elections in American history,” he said in a statement.
Facebook’s “vague and uncontrolled” changes “fall dangerously short of what is necessary to protect our democracy. ”
#StopHateForProfit is not directed at other social media platforms such as Twitter and Reddit, which have taken “strong action against dangerous conspiracy theories,” according to the campaign.