The organization told Reuters that if the American Civil Rights Organization did not cancel President Donald Trump’s channel, it would organize advertisers to boycott Alphabet’s YouTube.
Jim Steyer was one of the organizers of the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign, which led to more than 1,000 advertisers boycotting Facebook in July.
YouTube is the last major technology company that has not banned Trump from publishing articles on its platform. After the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week and killed five people, Facebook, Twitter and Snap blocked Trump.
Steyer said that Trump’s YouTube channel gave him the opportunity to continue spreading false information that was stolen in the US election.
On Tuesday, Trump’s YouTube channel released eight new videos, one of which was what Trump said to reporters: “I think the big technology company made a serious mistake” and stopped him.
Neither YouTube nor the White House immediately responded to requests for comment.
Steyer said that YouTube has informed groups that they are considering needs but have not yet taken action.
He added: “If YouTube disagrees with our opinions and joins other platforms to ban Trump, we will go to advertisers.”
NAACP said in a statement to Reuters: “We joined our alliance partners and asked YouTube to take decisive action to stop the spread of hatred by closing Trump’s account.”
NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League and the “Alliance of Color Change” and Steyer’s organization Common Sense Media are all organizers of the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign, which has recruited major advertisers such as Verizon and Unilever to withdraw ads from Facebook with hate speech /problem.
Despite widespread resistance, Facebook’s revenue in the third quarter was still a record high, but it agreed to play a role for the head of civil rights.
© Thomson Reuters 2020
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