Unilever, the megacorporation that owns some of the biggest brands, Best Food’s mayonnaise, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and Vaseline, said they will pull their ads from the big tech giants if they don’t censor the speech they don’t like on their platforms..

A new kind of net neutrality? Since when are companies constitutional arbiters?

Keith Weed, Unilever’s chief marketing officer, is scheduled to give a speech at the annual Interactive Advertising Bureau conference in Palm Desert, Calif., on Monday. “Unilever, will not invest in platforms or environments that do not protect our children or which create division in society, and promote anger or hate,” Weed is scheduled to say as part of the the speech according to the Financial Times.

Weed’s quip is right out of the Antifa playbook. Thou shalt not speaketh that which we do not liketh. Weed would probably be the first guy, however, to scream “Democracy Dies in Darkness!” and “freedom of the press is sacrosanct!”

(Ben and Jerry)

Weed is also expected to encourage other retailers to put pressure on Silicon Valley to “regulate the content they promote as well as the current political environment.” The speech also directly addresses so-called “Russian interference” in the 2016 general election and describes the current social media environment as a “swamp.”

Advertiser’s complaints comes as tech companies have come under increased scrutiny from activists and lawmakers for their lax policies and inability “to scrub their platforms of extremist or illegal content and fake news,” according to Fox News. Weed is expected to also promise to “prioritize investing” only in digital platforms that act responsibly and create “a positive impact in society.”

In addition to using popular lefty catch-phrases, Unilever donates heavily to Democrats and liberal organizations. According to Opensecrets.org, an online group that tracks corporate donations, 96 percent of Unilever’s political gifts went to Democrats in 2018.

 

 

 

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