- Selena Gomez slammed Facebook recently for giving a platform to disinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic
- Gomez said that Facebook could cost more lives because they allow intentionally misleading information on their site
- The celebrity received support for her calling out of the social media company and online users agreed with her take
Selena Gomez has called out Facebook for allowing the publishing of disinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic on their platform.
The singer-actor posted that Facebook needed to be responsible and remove misleading and untrue information about the pandemic and the Covid-19 vaccine before they cost thousands of people their lives.
Gomez was vocal about the fact that the social media platform stated that disinformation was not allowed on their site but that there were still lies and untruths being spread.
Gomez accompanied her tweet with a clip from the BBC. The clip was of CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, Imran Ahmed, explaining how social media companies only pay lip-service to countering disinformation instead of actively combatting it.
Online users flooded the comments, with most in support of the take that social media platforms need to be held accountable especially when there are lives at risk.
In other celebrity-related news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on Beyoncé helping out people who have been suffering and donating over R7 million to help those who are struggling due to the pandemic.
American singer and songwriter Beyoncé has taken initiative and has decided to lend a helping hand during the Covid-19 pandemic. The performer is set to donate over R7 million in grants to help people who are facing eviction in the US.
Beyoncé is going to donate this money in the form of R73 000 ($5 000) grants to give to people who are faced with a housing crisis during the pandemic. She announced on her website that people would be allowed to apply for the grant from 7 January, 2021.
Approximately 9.2 million people have lost their income due to job cuts during the pandemic and have fallen behind on rent. A number of these renters are going to be expected to pay back their rent in full as soon as moratoriums are lifted.
Social media users commented on what they thought about Beyoncé's gesture to those who desperately need help:
@TshepiMolisana said: "I will continue to stan."
@mstendy said: "For all the pressed people in the back that say she doesn’t give back."
@ally_mazur commented: "I wish more celebrities would do this."
@BumphBean commented: "Considering she’s made her millions within record companies paying 3 cents on the dollar. Go girl."
@kamcaroen said: "Wonderful. I love you Beyoncé."
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