Facebook aiming to remove propaganda posts as celebs freeze accounts in protest

Kim Kardashian West has criticised Instagram and Facebook for allowing “the spread of hate, propaganda and misinformation”.

The reality star said she would be “freezing” her accounts on the social media platforms on Wednesday and urged others to do the same.

She added that inaccurate social media posts have “a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy”.

“I love that I can connect directly with you through Instagram and Facebook, but I can’t sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation – created by groups to sow division and split America apart – only to take steps after people are killed,” she said.

She shared the message alongside the #StopHateForProfit hashtag, which is being widely shared by people criticising the social media companies.

Kardashian West has 188 million Instagram followers, while her Facebook page has been liked my more than 29,000,000 people.

Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and actors Jennifer Lawrence and Mark Ruffalo and Ashton Kutcher have also posted in support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, has previously said it is taking steps to tackle disinformation online.

The platform's vice-president for northern Europe Steve Hatch says they're trying to get the balance right.

"We always want to improve, but equally we want to ensure we do that in an accurate way as well.

"I think we all want to take these things down faster, but also to make sure that we are not taking down the wrong content and that we are allowing debates to happen at the same time."