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Kim Kardashian West to freeze Instagram, Facebook accounts to protest hate speech

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Kim Kardashian West is among several celebrities who have joined the #StopProfitForHate campaign targeted at Facebook, telling followers that she will suspend her use of Facebook and Instagram accounts on Wednesday in protest.

“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 wrote in social media posts. “Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy.”

Kardashian West said in social media posts that she will “freeze” her Instagram and Facebook accounts on Wednesday, September 16 (US time), and urged others to do the same, providing a link to the Stop Hate for Profit coalition’s website. The reality TV star, activist and entrepreneur has 188 million followers in Instagram and over 30 million on Facebook.

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Kim Kardashian West has told followers that she will suspend her use of Facebook and Instagram accounts (Instagram)

Other celebs who said they will suspend their Instagram accounts on Sept. 16 include Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Sacha Baron Cohen, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.

A Facebook rep declined to comment but called out the company’s recent announcements about improving safety and policy enforcement, including an ongoing list of updates at this page.

Kardashian West’s reference to Facebook taking steps only “after people are killed” appears to be a reference to the company’s failure to remove a militia group’s “call to arms” amid the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting last month of a Black man.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in a town hall meeting, conceded that the company made “an operational mistake” in not removing the “Kenosha Guard” group from the platform before two protesters in the city were shot and killed August 25 by a 17-year-old Illinois boy who had travelled to the city intending to engage in violence.

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign, launched by groups including the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League earlier this summer, was joined by hundreds of companies who pledged to suspend advertising on Facebook platforms temporarily. The goal of the initiative is to urge the company to more aggressively block hate speech and misinformation.

The organisers of Stop Hate for Profit had called for a “freeze” on Instagram accounts on September 16.

“We are quickly approaching one of the most consequential elections in American history. Facebook’s unchecked and vague ‘changes’ are falling dangerously short of what is necessary to protect our democracy,” the coalition says on its site. “Facebook’s role in the Kenosha shooting — which was flagged as violating their policies hundreds of times — is a reminder that changing policies without changing enforcement means little. It reinforces the fact that lives are on the line.”

Facebook has said it has been taking proactive measures on the issue but execs have denied that they have been coerced by marketer pressure. “We are making changes — not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do,” COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a July blog post.

Ryan Seacrest, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner pose for a photo at the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" viewing party at Chapter 8 Restaurant on October 16, 2007 in Agoura Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)

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Anne-Marie Duff on how ‘The Salisbury Poisonings’ is relatable right now

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“The Salisbury Poisonings,” a ratings hit when it premiered in June on the BBC, arrives Thursday on new streaming service AMC+.

The British miniseries dramatizes the 2018 incident in which a quiet English village became the site of an international crisis. It stars Rafe Spall and Ann-Marie Duff, best-known as Fiona Gallagher in the British version of “Shameless.”

“If you aren’t British, [Salisbury] is sort of what you imagine a British town to be like,” Duff, 49, tells The Post.

“It’s very pretty, it’s embedded in a rural area, it’s got a lot of history — and it’s near Stonehenge. It’s this picturesque version of England. So going there and walking around knowing that international espionage took place there was important.”

In March of 2018, a lethal Soviet-era nerve agent called Novichok was used in an assassination attempt on a Russian double- agent and spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia (played by Wayne Swann and Jill Winternitz), who were living in Salisbury. As the series begins, both collapse and have seizures on a park bench. Passersby grow alarmed; the police and an ambulance are called to the scene.

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Anne-Marie Duff in “The Salisbury Poisonings.”James Pardon/Dancing Ledge/BBC O

The rest of the show follows ordinary people and public service officials as they react to the situation, including Tracy Daszkiewicz (Duff), the county’s Director of Public Health and Safety who rises to the occasion. Law enforcement and health officials alike scramble to understand and contain the threat, since just a half-teaspoon of Novichok could kill 20,000 people — and no one is sure who the Skripals came into contact with before collapsing.

“[The show] had a profound effect when it was broadcast here during lockdown,” says Duff, referring to the fact that “The Salisbury Poisonings” is the year’s highest-rated drama in the UK to date, with 7.2 million viewers tuning into its June premiere.

“There’s an immediacy of connection in the story because of what we’re going through globally,” she says. “We’re all in a frightened space at the moment because we don’t have the answers. [The show is] about real normal people living normal lives, having to deal with this craziness that’s unknowable. I think we can all identify with that right now.”

Anne-Marie Duff in "The Salisbury Poisonings."
Anne-Marie Duff in “The Salisbury Poisonings.”James Pardon/Dancing Ledge/BBC ONE/AMC

Duff says her character is based on a real person, whom she met while filming the series.

“I was very fortunate. [The real] Tracy had a huge role in the whole creative process,” she says. “She guided and steered the writers, so we could always phone or text her. I was able to hang out with her and just get a sense of who she is. She came from a background of social work, so she had a grassroots approach to local government and wanted to connect with people on a very personal level.

“And who knew she’d be required to solve such an enormous international crisis?”

This isn’t the first time that Duff has played a real person, having starred as Queen Elizabeth I (opposite Tom Hardy as Robert Dudley) in the 2005 BBC miniseries “The Virgin Queen.” But since this history is so recent, the stakes felt higher, she says.

“There was one day when [the real Tracy] came on set and I was very nervous, because there I was wearing the same clothes she would wear, being in the kitchen pretending to be her,” she says. “That was crazy and the most frightening … the idea that somebody would be watching you being them. It’s surreal.

“Even when I played John Lennon’s mom [in the 2009 film ‘Nowhere Boy’], her relatives were alive, but she had passed,” she says. “So [‘The Salisbury Poisonings’] was my first experience of looking into this weird mirror.”

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Here’s Absolutely Everything We Know About ‘American Horror Story’ Season 10

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Talking about the next season of American Horror Story is kind of like talking about Christmas after Halloween: You are legally allowed to do it the second it’s over. Okay, there aren’t technically any laws about either of these things, but it has been a very long few months without the spooky anthology series. Naturally, the internet is out here theorizing every little detail of season 10. So let’s examine everything we know so far.

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AHS season 10 has already been confirmed.

Oh, you didn’t already know? This is old news. FX renewed the show through at least the 10th season back in 2018.

You can probably expect it to come out in 2021.

Unfortunately, American Horror Story won’t premiere in 2020, but we can hope for it to come out next year. There’s no set date yet, but if everything goes according to plan, we’ll probably see a new season in September or October of 2021.

They will be starting production very soon.

Right in time for spooky season (coincidence or nah), Ryan Murphy confirmed in an Instagram post in late August that AHS will officially begin shooting in October. And he also released a hint on what the theme of this upcoming season will be…

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He captioned the photo: “Looks like American Horror Story Season 10 is go for an October (fitting) production launch. Thanks to everyone who is working hard to assure a safe start for the cast and crew. And yes this is a clue.”

Originally they were supposed to go into production during the last week of March, Murphy revealed to USA Today, but due to the coronavirus pandemic they had to halt it. Bless the fact that we’re back in business, baby!!

You’ll finally be able to stream new episodes on Hulu.

While Hulu is already home to past seasons of American Horror Story, it’s about to be your go-to spot for new episodes as well. Starting in March 2020, Hulu will become the official streaming home to FX Networks, meaning new episodes of your fave series will be available to stream right after it airs on actual television.

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The cast has been set and it’s pretty star-studded.

It’s quite a mix of people, I must say! Ryan Murphy revealed the cast members in an Instagram video back in February in an eerie beachfront video. The most shocking person that will be making an appearance is Macaulay Culkin. DEFINITELY wasn’t expecting that one. What a wildcard.

The rest of the cast includes: Sarah Paulson (*chef’s kiss*), Evan Peters (!!!!!), Kathy Bates, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross, and Finn Wittrock.

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In in an interview with TV Guide last year, Sarah Paulson spoke on how difficult it was not being in season nine of AHS, but hoped that she’d be a part of the next one. “”It’s hard to not be a part of it. I would love to [return for Season 10]. I need to be a part of it again,” she said.

She also talked about how she missed working with long-time co-star and fellow AHS vet, Evan Peters. “I would like to do something with Evan [Peters]. I miss Evan and I miss acting with Evan. So I’d love to have that experience again. If he’ll come back, I’m back,” she commented.

Glad to see her wish is coming true, and stoked beyond belief to see them working together again.

The theme has been picked and Ryan Murphy can’t stop teasing it.

Leave it to AHS mastermind Ryan Murphy to have a plan way in advance! At the American Horror Story 100th episode celebration, the showrunner mentioned that the penultimate episode of 1984 contains a massive hint about the theme of season 10. Fans are theorizing that it might have to do with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or aliens. I mean… I’m down.

He also hasn’t stopped posting pictures about it on his Instagram:

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Rubber Man from season one may make an appearance?! I’m so confused?!?

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The anticipation is seriously killing me.

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My guess is that it has something to do with the ocean and unknown sea creatures, but knowing the nature of this show… I have absolutely no clue.

Will season 10 be the end of AHS?

Absolutely not! Could you imagine a life without new seasons of AHS? I don’t want to. Deadline verified that FX will have another three seasons after this 10th one. “The Disney-owned cable network has ordered installments 11, 12 and 13 of the series from 20th Century Fox Television. The deal was announced by John Landgraf, Chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions at the Winter TCA press tour.”

Here’s to hoping it runs as long as SVU.

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Camila Cabello Gushes Over Boyfriend Shawn Mendes Amid Split Rumors: ‘My Love’

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They’re still on! Camila Cabello left little doubt about her relationship status with boyfriend Shawn Mendes amid speculation that the couple had split.

The “Havana” songstress, 23, praised the 22-year-old crooner on Wednesday, September 30, after he announced his upcoming album, Wonder. “The world could use some magic, beauty, and Wonder always, but especially right now,” she captioned an Instagram video of Mendes singing. “@shawnmendes what a gorgeous gift to the world. He’s crafted this album with every last bit of his soul, his spirit, and his essence with the purest of intentions.”

Cabello then made clear that her support was more than friendly. “My love, I’m so proud of the person you are and I’m so excited for people to see and hear your heart,” she concluded, adding a red heart emoji.

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Mendes, in turn, responded with a red heart emoji in the comments section.

The Canada native and Cabello sparked split rumors in recent months. After initially quarantining together amid the coronavirus pandemic, the pair have not been spotted together or posted with each other on social media.

The “Señorita” collaborators began dating in July 2019 after years as friends. She opened up in March about being “exhausted” by her feelings for Mendes.

“I want more, we want more but honestly we’re being in our twenties,” she explained to Jimmy Hill at The Global Awards 2020 when asked if they planned to make more music together.

Hill then pressed Cabello about whether the duo were too “busy” to record together, to which she replied: “No, not even like that. Just like being in love is exhausting, it takes it out of you. … We can’t even go to the studio, we can’t, yeah. We’re trying to calm down!”

Hill subsequently quipped, “Too busy in other ways?” The former Fifth Harmony member laughed, “No, no. I meant emotionally! Dang it.”

In May, Cabello made a similarly suggestive comment while accepting a Kids’ Choice Award with Mendes. “We’re going to make organic slime and slime ourselves,” she said during the virtual awards show, a remark some fans perceived as sexual in nature.

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