Sonos Decides To #DeleteFacebook By Suspending Ads On Facebook Among Other Places

A few minutes ago, I got a statement from Sonos which I will reprint below:

At Sonos, we believe all people have the right to know how their data is being collected and used, and that each of us has an obligation to honor the commitments we make to our customer’s privacy.  In response to the recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, we’ve decided to temporarily suspend all of our digital advertising on Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube and Twitter. We will also go dark on our Facebook and Instagram social accounts next week in solidarity with those seeking to build a healthier, more consumer-friendly tech ecosystem.

Instead, we’ll be contributing additional support to our Listen Better grantee Access Now for RightsCon, one of the only forums where tech companies engage directly with activists on equal terms, enabling solutions that can help forge a healthier technology ecosystem that works for everyone.

We think it’s important for those involved in creating tech to listen to the voices of those that are impacted by it, including the most marginalized, such as human rights defenders, LGBT people, and people of color. RightsCon is a forum that enables exactly that type of listening—and ultimately, action.

You can learn more about what we’re doing on our blog. Visit here: http://blog.sonos.com/en/facebook-internet-privacy/

Now, I called this an ad suspension. But it’s much deeper than that quite clearly as Sonos is sending a message here that I hope the companies that are mentioned above are paying attention to. Particularly Facebook as clearly the fallout from the Facebook data leak is very different than any other issue the platform has had to face. And requires immediate, sustained and transparent action to fix.

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