The terrorist who attacked two New Zealand mosques last week weaponized social media platforms and livestreamed the murder of 50 Muslims where they worshipped. This is not the first time that social media has been used to radicalize individuals, facilitate organized attacks and provide terrorists with a platform to magnify their murderous bigotry and hate.
Eighty-four percent of Americans want tech companies to do more to fight online hate and harassment, and it’s time the CEOs of these platforms take greater responsibility for their role in amplifying violent white supremacy across the globe. That’s why ADL asks you to join in calling on the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Google, Twitter and Reddit to pledge to take decisive action to combat hate and extremism on their platforms.
We, the undersigned, demand the CEOs of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Google, Twitter and Reddit pledge to take decisive action to combat the scourge of hate and violence online — especially from the white supremacists who increasingly use their platforms to radicalize others toward violence and are claiming innocent lives. The tech industry must also submit to outside, independent verification of those efforts, and create regular reports on their effectiveness.