Selena Gomez denounces social media platforms after violent protests

Published January 7, 2021, 1:17 PM

by Noreen Jazul

Actress and singer Selena Gomez called out executives of social media companies for “allowing people with hate” to use their platforms.

In a tweet, Gomez told Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Susan Wojcicki, and Sherly Sandberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey that they have “all failed the American people today,” following the violent protests by pro-Donald Trump supporters in the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Selena Gomez (Instagram / MANILA BULLETIN)

“Today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community,” Gomez tweeted.

“You have all failed the American people today, and I hope you’re going to fix things moving forward,” she added.

Outgoing US President Donald Trump was earlier barred from posting on Facebook and Twitter after he posted a video of him claiming election fraud while the violent protests were ongoing.

“We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence,” Facebook vice president of integrity Guy Rosen said in a tweet.