Imran Ahmed can’t quite believe it himself. From being a “baby” NGO launched just nine months ago, his Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) is now playing with the big boys.
This week, working with Tracy-Ann Oberman on the successful 48-hour boycott of Twitter, the youthful 41-year-old was celebrating joining the Stop Hate For Profit coalition — and will roll out its work in Europe.
Among the activist groups in the Stop Hate for Profit campaign are venerable American civil rights organisations such as the NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, founded in 1909, and the Anti-Defamation League, or ADL, founded in 1913, names Ahmed recites with awe and admiration.
And for Ahmed, the title of the new coalition says it all: “The reason social media companies tolerate hate is for profit. We are not Facebook or Twitter customers, we are their product, and we are what they sell to advertisers”. He has one simple message for small or medium businesses which advertise on social media. “Suspend your adverts for a week, or a month, and tell them why you are doing it”. That, he says, is the only language the social media companies understand.
Why is transatlantic professional mega-censor Imran Ahmed removing his banking and Labour Party connections from his Bio? Why are you ashamed about Merrill Lynch and the Labour Party, oh global mega-censor?
For the record …
GARETH ICKE’S BIG MOUTH TALKS TO RESEARCHER DINO WIAND ABOUT THE CENTER FOR COUNTERING DIGITAL HATE