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All the celebrities protesting Facebook and Instagram by pausing posts on Stop Hate For Profit day

All the celebrities protesting Facebook and Instagram by pausing posts on Stop Hate For Profit day
  • Stop Hate For Profit, a coalition led by civil rights groups, is leading an Instagram freeze on Wednesday, September 16, to protest Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram.
  • Facebook has been criticized for allowing hate speech and misinformation to flourish on its platforms.
  • Celebrities including Kim Kardashian-West, Orlando Bloom, and Mark Ruffalo are participating in the Instagram freeze.

On Wednesday, a group of celebrities "froze" their Instagram (and for some, Facebook) accounts to protest "Facebook's repeated failures to address hate speech and election disinformation on their platforms," according to a press release from Stop Hate For Profit.

Stop Hate For Profit is a campaign led by civil-rights groups like the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, Color of Change, and Free Press that calls on Facebook and Instagram to address hate speech on the platforms.

As Business Insider's Aaron Holmes wrote, Facebook has been criticized for allowing misinformation and hate speech to flourish on the platform, despite some steps it has taken to ban militia groups on both Facebook and Instagram and monitor misinformation.

The protest feels reminiscent of the black square movement that took place on Instagram earlier this summer, in which celebrities and others attempted to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement by posting black squares. As Insider's Rachel Greenspan wrote, many critized the move for clogging up hashtags with squares rather than information.

A number of high-profile celebrities like Kim Kardashian-West and Sascha Baren Cohen have joined the account freeze. Here's every celebrity that's participating.

Kim Kardashian-West

Kim Kardashian-West
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Kim Kardashian-West announced on Instagram on Tuesday that she would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"I love that I can connect directly with you through Instagram and Facebook, but I can't sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation - created by groups to sow division and split America apart – only to take steps after people are killed. Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy," she wrote in an Instagram post.

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Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen
Actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Sacha Baron Cohen announced on Instagram on Monday that he would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

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Katy Perry

Katy Perry
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Singer Katy Perry announced on Instagram on Tuesday that she would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"I love sharing my music and my life with you on Instagram and Facebook, but TBH I can't sit idly by while these platforms turn a blind eye to groups and posts spreading hateful disinformation and intentional confusion," she wrote in the caption of her post.

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Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell
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Naomi Campbell announced on Tuesday on Instagram that she would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"Yes NAACP, Color of Change, ADL, Common Sense Media, I agree to freeze my account tomorrow to protest Zuckerberg allowing the incitement of racist violence, spreading of lethal conspiracy theories and undermining of democracy," she wrote in her post.

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Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
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Although Jennifer Lawrence doesn't have an Instagram, she shared her support for Stop Hate For Profit on Twitter.

"Facebook ignores hate & disinformation on their site. This is not an 'operational mistake.' It is a deliberate decision to put profits over people and democracy," she wrote in a tweet.

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Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow
Judd Apatow attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Judd Apatow announced on Tuesday that he would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"Facebook makes billions in advertising dollars while allowing hate to thrive on its platform. It's time to hold Facebook accountable for its inaction. That's why today, I am "freezing" my Instagram account for 24 hours," Apatow wrote on Instagram on Wednesday.

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Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher
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Ashton Kutcher posted on Tuesday about Stop Hate for Profit, posting a graphic on Wednesday indicating that he would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"These tools were not built to spread hate, violence, and misinformation, but when companies and individuals benefit from these behaviors, financially or otherwise, it becomes their responsibility to mitigate the unintended utilization," he wrote.

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Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer
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On Tuesday, Amy Schumer announced that she would be logging off of both Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours.

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Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Sarah Silverman announced on Instagram on Monday that she would be participating in the Instagram Freeze.

"Civil rights leaders have asked all users of Instagram and Facebook to protest the amplification of hate and the undermining of democracy. What's one day gonna do? I dunno to be honest but it may make a dent. I'm gonna do longer bc this shit's crazy and y'all can live without dumb pics of my dog and me," she wrote in a post.

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Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander visits the SiriusXM Hollywood Studio at SiriusXM Hollywood Studio on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Morgan Lieberman/Getty Images

While actor Jason Alexander doesn't appear to have posted publicly about joining the Instagram freeze (his most recent post is from May 2020), he was included in a press release from Stop Hate For Profit as participating in the effort.

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Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson
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Kate Hudson announced on Instagram on Tuesday that she would participate in the Instagram freeze.

"Instagram and Facebook provide us all with a large and powerful platform but they are abusing this power by continuing to allow hate, violence and disinformation that is undermining our democracy. I hope Facebook finally will make necessary changes by reaching out to these groups and working with them to improve their platform for the greater good," she wrote in her post.

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Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx
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Jamie Foxx posted a graphic on Instagram in support of Stop Hate For Profit on Tuesday. A press release indicated that he was supporting the Instagram freeze.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio attends the 2020 Oscars. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

Leonardo DiCaprio announced on Instagram on Tuesday that he would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"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," he wrote in an Instagram post.

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Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan arrives at the 51st NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. Richard Shotwell/Invision/A

While actor Michael B. Jordan doesn't appear to have posted publicly about joining the Instagram freeze, he was included in a press release from Stop Hate For Profit as participating in the effort.

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Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' in February 2020. Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Actress Rosario Dawson announced on Tuesday on Instagram that she would participate in the Instagram freeze.

"Facebook claims they address #hate, yet they continue to look the other way as racist, violent groups and posts sow division and split America apart – only taking steps after people are killed. And while they share empty talk about voting, they continue allowing blatant lies and misinformation on election to spread – undermining our democracy," she wrote in an Instagram post.

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Ed Helms

Ed Helms
Ed Helms attends Disneynature's "Penguins" premiere in April 2019. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Disney Studios

Actor Ed Helms announced with a cartoon drawsing on Tuesday that he would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"Facebook claims they are addressing the constant tsunami of bigotry, #hate, and disinformation on their platform, but it takes all of 5 seconds to find absolutely horrific stuff on there. And the more you search for it, the more they actually feed it to you," he wrote."

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Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher attends the 2020 Golden Globes. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images

Actress Isla Fisher announced on Tuesday on Instagram that she planned to take part in the Instagram freeze.

"I obviously use insta (not Facebook) but I don't want it to be a platform for violence, hate and discrimination!? Please Facebook, use this opportunity to become a safer platform for the community at large," she wrote in a separate Instagram post promoting Stop Hate For Profit.

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Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo is seen at the Produced By: New York Conference at Florence Gould Hall on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in New York. Scott Roth/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP

Actor Mark Ruffalo posted about the Instagram freeze on Wednesday, announcing that he was participating.

"Facebook makes billions in advertising dollars while allowing hate to thrive on its platform. It's time to hold Facebook accountable for its inaction," he wrote in a caption.

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Scooter Braun

Scooter Braun
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Music producer Scooter Braun announced that he was participating in the Instagram freeze on Tuesday via an Instagram post.

"Joining friends and advocates for a call of accountability. Going silent on my Instagram and Facebook Wednesday for #stophateforprofit," he wrote in the caption.

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato performed the National Anthem at the 2020 Super Bowl. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Demi Lovato announced on Tuesday on Instagram that she would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"The hate that is constantly being uploaded and posted can't be ignored anymore. All of the false information being spread right now is doing so much harm," she said in the caption of her post.

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Sebastian Stan

Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan attends the Disney+ press line at the 2019 D23 Expo on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Actor Sebastian Stan announced on Instagram that he would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"I will not stand with violent hate, propaganda, misinformation, or any ill intent to divide, attack, or mistreat on any platform, be it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram," he wrote in the caption of his post.

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Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll
Nick Kroll and Joel Edgerton seen at Focus Features' "LOVING" premiere after party at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Toronto. Arthur Mola/Invision for Focus Features/AP

"Big Mouth" co-creator Nick Kroll announced on Tuesday on Instagram that he would participate in the Instagram freeze.

"Tomorrow's a day off in recognition that @facebook and @instagram have an opportunity to step it up and stop hate and disinformation from spreading like wildfire on their platforms. These are complicated problems to solve and the solutions often mean making less money, but as a starting point Facebook can work with these organizations to create meaningful change that keeps the community safer and better for all of us," he wrote in the caption.

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Zach Braff

Zach Braff
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Zach Braff announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday that he would participate in the Instagram freeze.

"Zuckerberg is unwilling to take any meaningful actions to curb the hate that is spread on Facebook and Instagram. I'm joining many others in asking him to take down groups focused on white supremacy, militia, antisemitism, Islamophobia, and violent conspiracies," he wrote in the caption of his post.

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Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore
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Julianne Moore announced on Instagram on Wednesday that she was participating in the Instagram freeze.

"Violent #hate has spread on Facebook for far too long. This isn't happening accidentally - they recommend users join & follow hateful groups & pages," she wrote in the caption of her post.

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Michelle Trachtenberg

Michelle Trachtenberg
Michelle Trachtenberg attends the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party in February 2020. Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg posted on Instagram that she was joining the Instagram freeze, including a cat photo.

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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne at the Dior show during Paris Fashion Week 2020. Dominique Charriau/Getty Images

Actress and model Cara Delevingne posted on Instagram on Tuesday announcing that she would be joining the Instagram freeze.

"Social media should be a place to communicate, express ourselves and connect - not to hate, mislead, discriminate or bully," she wrote in the caption of her post.

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Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders
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Actress Cobie Smulders announced on Instagram on Wednesday that she was participating in the Instagram freeze.

"I am joining @naacp @colorofchange and many others in sending a message to Facebook, demanding that they must be held accountable for spreading misinformation and hate," she wrote in the caption of her post.

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Debra Messing

Debra Messing
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Debra Messing announced that she would be participating in the Instagram freeze in an Instagram post.

"Facebook ignores hate, racism, violence & disinformation on their site. This is not an 'operational mistake.' It is a deliberate decision to put profits over people and democracy," she wrote in the caption of her post.

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Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler performs at The Stress Factory Comedy Club in New Brunswick, NJ in August 2020. Bobby Bank/Getty Images

Chelsea Handler announced in an Instagram post that she would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"This is the pullout method Zuckerberg doesn't want you to use. Facebook ignores hate and disinformation, putting profits over people and democracy. How long can they ignore it if their advertisers pull out?" she wrote in the caption of her post.

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Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde
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Olivia Wilde announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday that she would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"I stand with @colorofchange, @naacp, @commonsenseorg, @adl_national, and several other leading civil rights organizations, as they demand an end to the reckless amplification of racism and hatred on Facebook and Instagram," she wrote in the caption of her post.

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Orlando Bloom

Orlando Bloom
Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom in August 2019. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Actor Orlando Bloom announced in an Instagram post on Tuesday that he would be participating in the Instagram freeze.

"Social media platforms should be a place for positive encouragement and clear communication. When platforms I use and enjoy such as Instagram and Facebook look the other way at hate speech, disinformation, and confusion, it can lead us into trouble..." he wrote in the caption of his post.

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