Facebook Shares Extend Slide As Starbucks Joins Major Global Brands In Social Media Ad Spending Boycott

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Facebook shares lost more than $55 billion in value Friday after brand giant Unilever said it would pause ad spending on the platform for the rest of the year, and the losses look to continue as more than 150 companies join an effort to contain hate speech and misinformation on social media.

Facebook Inc.  (FB) – Get Report shares extended declines in pre-market trading Monday after Stabucks Corp.  (SBUX) – Get Report, the world’s largest coffee chain, joined a list of more than 150 companies that are planning to freeze advertising spending on the social media platform.

Starbucks, Coca-Cola  (KO) – Get Report, Diageo and Unilever are just a few of the scores of global brand giants that have said they will pause social media ad spending for the month of July — and in some cases until the end of the year — unless companies such as Facebook do more to eradicate hate speech and misinformation on their social media platforms.

“We believe in bringing communities together, both in person and online, and we stand against hate speech,”Starbucks said in a statement. “We believe more must be done to create welcoming and inclusive online communities, and we believe both business leaders and policy makers need to come together to affect real change.”

“We will pause advertising on all social media platforms while we continue discussions internally, with our media partners and with civil rights organizations in the effort to stop the spread of hate speech,” the statement added.

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