STATEMENT: Democracy and Lives Depend on Effective Leaders

Social Media Platforms Should Own Their Part in Yesterday’s Attempted Coup

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January 7, 2021

 

A Statement  from Brenda Victoria Castillo, President & CEO of NHMC

Today, NHMC communicated with Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube with a clear message. The U.S. government spends more than $700 Billion annually on defense, more than any other country in the world, and yet our government fell yesterday within hours. Why? Because the cancer that is White Supremacy, these terrorists that are White Nationalists, have hijacked social media and have used online posts filled with disinformation and hate as the new ammunition. They, along with Donald Trump, have used social media as the actual weapon to channel and spur the online call for violence into action. 

Our country needs true leadership right now. Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai: we urge you to permanently ban the accounts of Donald Trump and other bad actors circumventing your content moderation policies on social media in order to save lives and safeguard the democracy of the United States of America. 

Sincerely, 

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