Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Heritage Minister Guilbeault; cc your MP
Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,
Major global brands like Ben & Jerry’s, North Face, Patagonia, and Eddie Bauer have joined a boycott of Facebook, citing the platform’s consistent practice of amplifying hateful and racist content.
Yet the Government of Canada continues to funnel public money to this disgraced company – some $17 million in 2018-19.
How is it that multinational corporations are taking a stronger moral stand against Facebook’s complicity in spreading racism than the government of Canada? Do profit-seeking companies now care more about public safety than our government?
By continuing to send public dollars to Facebook, the Government of Canada is supporting a company that promotes violence-inciting content against people protesting systemic racism and content that politicizes and undermines public health responses to COVID-19.
Mr. Trudeau, please show us that you care about our democracy: join the world's corporate leaders and pull all government advertising from Facebook and Instagram.