Executives at Facebook, Google and Twitter have faced harsh criticism from members of the US Congress, who deemed the companies’ efforts to tackle disinformation and hateful content on their platforms insufficient. CNN writes about this with reference to data obtained during the speech of Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey before congressmen.
In particular, it was argued that the tech giants did not make enough efforts to combat misinformation about the falsification of the last presidential election and the campaign to vaccinate the population against coronavirus infection. Representative and Chairman of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Mike Doyle said during his speech that his employees easily found anti-vaccine content on social networks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as on the YouTube platform.
“You can remove this content. You can reduce the number of his views. You can fix this, but you prefer not to. You have the funds you need, but time after time you choose engagement and profit over user health and safety.“- said Doyle during his speech to Congress.
Congressmen also noted that while the companies made efforts to combat misinformation about falsified presidential elections, they were not enough to keep supporters of Donald Trump (Donald Trump) from storming the Capitol earlier this year. Facebook and Google declined to admit responsibility for spreading the disinformation that led to the riots and storming of the Capitol, while Twitter admitted part of the responsibility.
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