An Instagram Kardashian Freeze
Kim Kardashian West is famous for “breaking” the Internet, but could she break Facebook? Celebrity suspends her social media activity on Instagram for 24 hours today as part of the “Stop Hate for Profit” boycott that has plagued the social network all summer.
Other celebrities including Mark Ruffalo, Katy Perry and Jennifer Lawrence also signed the Instagram freeze, but Kardashian, who has 188 million Instagram followers, was arguably Stop Hate for Profit’s biggest catch, who launched an appeal on Monday. for people to freeze activity today, Wednesday.
Garett Sloane of Ad Age writes that while Kardashian’s stance has been praised by fans, it has raised eyebrows as well, with some commentators “noting that her husband Kanye West was playing a provocative role in American democracy.” Others saw it as a publicity stunt, coming right after the cancellation of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” after 20 seasons.
Meanwhile, there is potentially more bad news for Facebook: The Wall Street Journal reports as the Federal Trade Commission prepares to file its antitrust lawsuit against the network, possibly by the end of the year.