News Release: CMA supports efforts to eliminate hatred on social platforms

Jul 02, 2020

The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) today issued a statement announcing that it has initiated a conversation with Facebook to reinforce the need to advance and implement meaningful solutions to eliminate hate speech, incitement and misinformation.

“Standing together against hate is universal and necessary,” said John Wiltshire, the CMA’s president and CEO. “As the voice of the marketing profession in Canada, the CMA strongly supports brands who use their influence to affect positive social change.”

The CMA’s action is in response to the recent advertising boycott by major brands in Canada and the U.S. who are concerned about the impact of hate speech on social media platforms. The CMA has offered to help Facebook implement necessary platform changes in Canada to eliminate hate speech that divides people, contributes to racism and violence, and undermines democracy.

“Marketing is a strategic driver of business success,” Wiltshire noted. “As marketing professionals, we are all committed to pursuing our goals with respect and dignity.”

The CMA’s full statement is available here.

About the Canadian Marketing Association
The CMA is the voice of the marketing profession in Canada. We serve more than 400 corporate, not-for-profit, public and post-secondary members, including Canada’s most prestigious brands. Our community also includes creative, media, and PR agencies, research firms, management consulting firms, technology companies and other suppliers to the marketing community. We support activities related to thought-leadership, professional development, consumer protection, and commercial success. We act as the primary advocate for marketing with governments, regulators and other stakeholders. Our Chartered Marketer (CM) designation ensures that marketing professionals are highly qualified and up to date with best practices. We champion self-regulatory standards, including the mandatory Canadian Marketing Code of Ethics and Standards.

For more information or to schedule an interview:
Shane Madill, Kaiser Lachance Communications, shane.madill@kaiserlachance.com, 647.725.2520 x207.





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