Kim Kardashian West may have one of the biggest social media outlets on earth – but she said she will not post on Instagram on Wednesday. The reality star, who also said she will not post it on Facebook, joins many other celebrities who “freeze” their Instagram accounts for a day to take part in a nationwide protest against Facebook.
The 24-hour “freeze” is part of a “week-long action” on Instagram led by the Stop Hate for Profit coalition, which “demands that parent company Facebook take steps to address racism, hatred and misinformation on its platforms” according to a Press release. The coalition is governed by nine major civil rights and advocacy companies, including the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP.
“I love that I can connect directly with you via Instagram and Facebook,” Kardashian West posted on social media Tuesday with a Stop Hate-tagged graphic. “But I can not sit still and keep quiet while these platforms continue to allow the spread of hatred, propaganda and misinformation …”
Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, Sacha Baron Cohen and others also posted on social media saying they would participate in the “freeze”.
The move comes just weeks after two people were thereand another was injured during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over police shooting . Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has in the shooting.
Facebook has been criticized for being slow in removing a militia group’s page that allegedly encouraged armed civilians to enter Kenosha amid protests. The social media giant took the page down after the shooting, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last monthby not removing the page earlier.
At the time, Zuckerberg said Facebook had found no evidence that Rittenhouse was aware of the site.
The coalition launched its online campaign, #StopHateforProfit, in July with the goal of tackling the “shroud of racism, hatred and misinformation on social media.” The campaign also led the call for companies toin July, which led to major brands stopping advertising on the platform.