Selena Gomez blasts tech leaders: 'You have all failed the American people today'

'I hope you're going to fix things going forward'
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Selena Gomez called out major tech leaders from Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Google following the riots at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

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Gomez issued a statement on Twitter saying, “today is the result of allowing people with hate in their hearts to use platforms that should be used to bring people together and allow people to build community.”

“Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichal, Susan Wojcicki — you have all failed the American people today, and I hope you’re going to fix things going forward.”

Gomez has not hidden her frustrations with social media companies as she recently blasted Facebook over the spread of COVID-19 misinformation.

"Scientific disinformation has and will cost lives. @Facebook said they don’t allow lies about COVID and vaccines to be spread on their platforms. So how come all of this is still happening? Facebook is going to be responsible for thousands of deaths if they don’t take action now!” The singer wrote in a tweet.

Late Wednesday evening, both Twitter and Facebook announced they would be locking President Donald Trump’s accounts for at least 12 and 24 hours following the U.S. Capitol riots.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday morning that the social media platform will extend their block on Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for at least two weeks.

“The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” Zuckerburg wrote in a Facebook post.

“His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world. We removed these statements yesterday because we judged that their effect -- and likely their intent -- would be to provoke further violence.”

Zuckerburg added, “Following the certification of the election results by Congress, the priority for the whole country must now be to ensure that the remaining 13 days and the days after inauguration pass peacefully and in accordance with established democratic norms.”

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