Leonardo DiCaprio, Kim Kardashian and more American celebrities boycott Instagram

Leonardo DiCaprio crowned with an Oscar in 2016 for his role in "The revenant".

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A day of boycott on the part of many stars is announced this September 16 on the social network Instagram.

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio or Kim Kardashian, celebrities considered to be heavyweights of social networks, announced their intention to freeze their account on the famous platform today and thus respond to the call of several NGOs.

The goal is to call on Facebook, the parent company of Instagram, to better fight against hateful content and disinformation.


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They all announced it the same way.

A message posted on Instagram with thumbnail and two words: " 

Stop Hate

" ( "

stop the hate


The actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jennifer Lawrence among others, or the star of reality TV Kim Kardashian want to alert on the abuses of the platforms Instagram and Facebook.

Platforms which, for profit, allow the dissemination of " 

hatred, propaganda and disinformation

 " as Kim Kardashian wrote on her message posted on Tuesday, September 15.

See this post on Instagram

I'm standing with the country's leading civil rights organizations - including @ColorofChange, @ADL_National, and the @NAACP - who today have called on all users of Instagram and Facebook to protest the amplification of hate, racism, and the undermining of democracy on those platforms.

I do use Instagram and Facebook, but I want it to be a force for good - not hate, violence, and disinformation.

This should be an opportunity for Facebook to work with these organizations and the community at large to make it a better, safer platform for all.

Please join me in not posting for 24 hours this Wednesday Sep 16. #StopHateforProfit #Instafreeze

A post shared by Leonardo DiCaprio (@leonardodicaprio) on Sep 14, 2020 at 3:26 am PDT

These celebrities have therefore decided to respond to the appeal launched by a collective of organizations including the association for the defense against anti-Semitism or the NAACP, the organization for the defense of the rights of African Americans in the United States. , all gathered under the keyword " 

Stop Hate for Profit

 ", " 

stop hate in the service of profit


Several hundred companies have also answered the call.

This Wednesday, September 16 will mark the second day of boycott after that of last July, which failed to advance the cause.

Mark Zuckerberg

, the CEO of Facebook had accepted only one of the ten measures proposed by this collective of organizations which calls in particular for an increase in the resources allocated to the fight against hate content.

► To read also: Boycott against racism: "Facebook makes an economic calculation"


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