Jul 3, 2020

Quebec government suspends all ads on Facebook during July

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QUEBEC — The Quebec government says it is joining an international boycott of Facebook by refusing to advertise on the social network during the month of July.

Premier Francois Legault's office made the announcement Friday in a news release, stating its intention is to show the importance the Quebec government places on the fight against racism.

The release added that the government's decision to join the boycott was also made in support of access to accurate information.

Quebec is joining hundreds of companies who have decided to suspend advertising on Facebook over concerns the platform is complicit in promoting racism, violence and misinformation.

The .StopHateForProfit campaign, run by several groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP, accuse the social network of refusing to remove content they deem hateful.

All five of Canada's biggest banks joined the boycott this week, aligning themselves with other Canadian brands such as Lululemon Athletica and MEC.