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Selena Gomez doubles down on her condemnation of tech leaders for allowing'hate groups' to thrive

Selena Gomez has redoubled her criticism of tech leaders for allowing “hate groups” and “misinformation” to thrive on social media.

The 28-year-old singer released a fiery statement on social media last week after supporters of President Donald Trump violently stormed the US Capitol in Washington DC to protest his loss in the election to President-elect Joe Biden.

And in a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, the star revealed she felt compelled to speak out after witnessing a spate of divisive messages online.

Speaking: Selena Gomez has doubled down on her criticism of tech leaders for allowing 'hate groups' and 'misinformation' to thrive on social media

Speaking: Selena Gomez has doubled down on her criticism of tech leaders for allowing ‘hate groups’ and ‘misinformation’ to thrive on social media

She said, ‘I think I’ve started reaching people directly, directly. I wasn’t afraid to yell a Mark Zuckerberg or say what I wanted to say because I couldn’t handle what I saw.

“And we’re already making progress, I see, with Facebook and things like that. But for me, I can’t stand people needing to know that there are neo-Nazi groups online, and there are hate groups online, and misinformation from the US voting for the COVID virus.

“It’s just, they shouldn’t do that. This should be a place where people share their lives, but not to create hatred and hurt people. And you know what? Hurting people, hurting people. And I just think that’s the bottom line.

“It gets me really excited, so I can get pretty heated up, but I just think it’s necessary to call the people who are responsible, but at the same time be able to do what I can.”

Violent: The 28-year-old singer released a fiery statement on social media last week after supporters of President Donald Trump violently stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC

Violent: The 28-year-old singer released a fiery statement on social media last week after supporters of President Donald Trump violently stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC

Violent: The 28-year-old singer released a fiery statement on social media last week after supporters of President Donald Trump violently stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC

Named: The multi-talented entertainer named leaders after Trump supporters staged mass protests in conjunction with Republican congressional dispute over election results

Named: The multi-talented entertainer named leaders after Trump supporters staged mass protests in conjunction with Republican congressional dispute over election results

Named: The multi-talented entertainer named leaders after Trump supporters staged mass protests in conjunction with Republican congressional dispute over election results

At the time of the Capitol attack, Selena wrote, “Today is the result of allowing people with hatred in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and empower people to build a community.” to build.’

She continued: ‘Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Susan Wojcicki – you all let the American people down today and I hope you will fix things in the future .’

The entertainer named the leaders after Trump supporters staged mass protests in conjunction with the Republican congressional dispute over the election results, ahead of President-elect Biden’s scheduled inauguration on Jan. 20.

Elsewhere in her interview with Zane Lowe, Selena discussed her new single De Una Vez — meaning At Once — and her rumored upcoming Spanish-language album.

Getting Started: Earlier this month, Selena took Facebook to account for reports of spreading false information about the coronavirus, which she says has deadly consequences

Getting Started: Earlier this month, Selena took Facebook to account for reports of spreading false information about the coronavirus, which she says has deadly consequences

Getting Started: Earlier this month, Selena took Facebook to account for reports of spreading false information about the coronavirus, which she says has deadly consequences

Texas-born Selena, who is of Mexican descent, revealed that she believes her singing voice is better in Spanish than in English.

She said: ‘This is something I’ve wanted to do for 10 years, work on a Spanish project, because I’m so, so proud of my heritage, and just really felt like I wanted this to happen.

“And it happened, and I feel like it’s the perfect timing. Just with all the division in the world, is there something about Latin music that makes people worldwide feel things, you know?

“You know what’s funny is that I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered. It was a lot of work, and look, you can’t mispronounce anything.

Forced: In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, the singer and actress revealed she felt compelled to speak out after witnessing a spate of divisive messages online

Forced: In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, the singer and actress revealed she felt compelled to speak out after witnessing a spate of divisive messages online

Forced: In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, the singer and actress revealed she felt compelled to speak out after witnessing a spate of divisive messages online

Issues: In September, she took to Instagram to share a DM previously sent to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg regarding problematic aspects of their platforms

Issues: In September, she took to Instagram to share a DM previously sent to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg regarding problematic aspects of their platforms

Issues: In September, she took to Instagram to share a DM previously sent to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg regarding problematic aspects of their platforms

“It’s something that had to be precise and respected by the public that I’m going to release this for. Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I’m targeting my fan base. I’m aiming for my heritage and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic.’

She continued, “I think it’s something I’ve always loved, and you’re right. Within those five years it really got a bit prominent, and you start listening to half English, half Spanish on the radio more than ever.

“And it’s a very exciting time. And I think I just hope people understand how much I put my heart into this, and how much I love it.’

Earlier this month, Selena took Facebook to account for reports of spreading false information about the new coronavirus, which she says has deadly consequences.

Sweet music: Elsewhere in her interview with Zane Lowe, Selena discussed her new single De Una Vez — meaning At Once — and her upcoming Spanish-language album

Sweet music: Elsewhere in her interview with Zane Lowe, Selena discussed her new single De Una Vez — meaning At Once — and her upcoming Spanish-language album

Sweet music: Elsewhere in her interview with Zane Lowe, Selena discussed her new single De Una Vez — meaning At Once — and her upcoming Spanish-language album

She shared a link to a clip from a BBC segment with Imi Ahmed, the CEO of Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a London non-profit.

In it, Ahmed said that social media companies have done “absolutely nothing” to stop the spread of false information about vaccines and other aspects of the pandemic, citing experiments they have conducted.

Selena responded to the segment in a tweet, saying, “Scientific misinformation has and will cost lives. @Facebook said they don’t allow lies about COVID and vaccines to be spread on their platforms.

‘Then how come all this is still happening? Facebook will be responsible for thousands of deaths if they don’t act now!”

Sensational in Spanish: Texas-born Selena, who is of Mexican descent, revealed she believes her singing voice is better in Spanish than English

Sensational in Spanish: Texas-born Selena, who is of Mexican descent, revealed she believes her singing voice is better in Spanish than English

Heritage: She said: 'This is something I've wanted to do for 10 years, working on a Spanish project, because I'm so, so proud of my heritage'

Heritage: She said: 'This is something I've wanted to do for 10 years, working on a Spanish project, because I'm so, so proud of my heritage'

Sensational in Spanish: Texas-born Selena, who is of Mexican descent, revealed she believes her singing voice is better in Spanish than English

Selena had previously called the sites in the wake of a (CCDH) report that neo-Nazis could trade through both sites.

She said, ‘I am speechless. @Facebook @Instagram how do you tolerate this hate? There are still accounts, even though you’re in the know!’

In September, Selena took to Instagram Stories and shared a DM she previously sent to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg regarding problematic aspects of the social media sites.

“Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism and bigotry,” she wrote. “I’m calling on you both to STOP THIS. Shut down groups and users targeting violence and misinformation through hate speech. Our future depends on it.’

Spanish heritage: Selena has been open about wanting to produce a Spanish album for years, but seemed to be preparing for it recently with the release of her single

Spanish heritage: Selena has been open about wanting to produce a Spanish album for years, but seemed to be preparing for it recently with the release of her single

Spanish heritage: Selena has been open about wanting to produce a Spanish album for years, but seemed to be preparing for it recently with the release of her single

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