If Facebook sponsors the RNC, it's sponsoring hate

If Facebook sponsors the RNC, it's sponsoring hate

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Buzzfeed, the massive online media corporation, has yanked its promotion of the Republican National Convention because it is about to crown a lying, hateful, misogynist racist its presidential candidate. But Facebook is still inexplicably sponsoring Donald Trump’s hate.

The first thing Trump did in response to the tragic massacre at an Orlando LGBTQ dance club where 50 people lots their lives to homophobic hate, was to tweet he was “right” to blame it on “terrorism.”

It is unconscionable that Facebook is still willing to give Donald Trump a platform to spread this kind of hate. And as long as Mark Zuckerberg’s company is giving millions to the RNC, that’s exactly what it’s doing.

If Buzzfeed can pull out of the RNC, then Facebook can too.

We know that Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, opposes Trump’s divisive, harmful rhetoric. In April, he launched a veiled attack on the Republican nominee at Facebook’s developers conference: “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as ‘others,’” he said.

Facebook has said its sponsorship is not an “endorsement” of Trump or the Republican Party -- and it’s true that corporations should let voters decide elections. But an endorsement is one thing -- paying to broadcast a message of sexist, homophobic and racist hate across the nation is entirely another. Facebook is supposed to be for everyone -- but it can’t be so long as it is paying to support Trump’s divisive message.

Tell Facebook if it’s sponsoring Donald Trump’s coronation, it is sponsoring hate.

When big corporate sponsors pull out of these conventions, it sends a powerful message. That’s exactly what happened in March when nearly 100,000 SumOfUs supporters spoke out and forced Coca-Cola to drastically cut its donation. Let’s make Facebook do the same.

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