Messages that are racist and hateful: Quebec suspended its advertising placements on Facebook

Messages racistes et haineux: Québec suspend ses placements publicitaires sur Facebook

QUÉBEC | The Quebec government followed suit with many companies and suspended its advertising placements on Facebook for the entire month of July to denounce the lack of supervision of the social network against hate messages and racist.

This decision made “at the request of the prime minister François Legault has been announced by news release Friday, the end of the day, by its firm and applies, therefore, to “all departments and agencies of the government of Quebec.”

“Already, many financial institutions and companies, including many in Quebec, joined the initiative in ceasing all investment in advertising on Facebook, and asking the american company to better regulate this type of messages”, said.

“With this gesture, the government of Québec wishes to show the importance that he attaches to the fight against racism as well as to access to accurate information and quality, adds the firm of François Legault. No way the government will not tolerate the circulation of messages that are racist, hateful and discriminatory.”

It also calls upon the corporations to do the same.

The Movement Desjardins, Air Canada, the National Bank and the Laurentian Bank have also suspended their advertising on Facebook until the end of the month, as well as several other businesses across the country.

On Wednesday, the five largest banks in the country had announced that they were taking part in the global boycott.

Boycott #stophateforprofit has been launched in the United States by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Anti-Defamation League, organizations of defense of the Afro-Americans and the fight against anti-semitism. It is part of the vast movement against the systemic racism that has taken birth after the death of the American George Floyd under the knee of a police officer in may.

On June 15, François Legault announced the creation of the action Group against racism, chaired by the ministers Lionel Carmant and Nadine Girault, which has as its mandate to develop a series of actions to combat racism. Recommendations must be submitted in the fall.

Note that the prime minister of Quebec has always refused to recognize that there exists in Quebec’s “systemic racism” as the regularly ask the Quebec liberal Party, Québec solidaire, and a number of organizations.

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