Already jittery markets have punished pandemic-era darlings including Netflix for disappointing results, with Meta getting a taste of that after its $10.3 billion quarterly profit and daily user-growth fell short of expectations.
Pop star Selena Gomez has written a message to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the social network's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, urging them to help stop the spread of hate on the platform ahead of the November election.
Selena Gomez told the leaders of Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube that they’ve allowed "people with hate in their hearts” to thrive and therefore "failed all the American people.”
The company said in a blog that between now and Nov. 22, it would remove "verifiable misinformation and unverifiable rumours" that are assessed as having the potential to suppress the vote or damage the "integrity" of the electoral process.
An activist says in the video that wearing masks activates the coronavirus within people, without providing evidence, and criticises orders to stay away from beaches.
The move comes amid growing concerns of cutbacks and closures of news organisations hit by lockdowns and a massive slump in advertising resulting from the health crisis.
Facebook said it would ban a "wider category of hateful content" in ads as the embattled social media giant moved to respond to widening protests over its handling of inflammatory posts.
T. Raja Singh, a regional lawmaker for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party, was blocked "for violating our policy prohibiting those that promote or engage in violence and hate from having a presence on our platform," a Facebook spokesman said.
Police said that the 38-year-old victim was kidnapped on Tuesday by the brothers, assaulted and made to walk for 45 minutes around the western town of Khambhaliya with no clothes on.
The initiative was rolled out with an animated video which visually communicates the negative impact that the circulation of child abuse content could have on the child who's the subject of such content, even if it's about condemning the act.