Joe Biden has won the US Presidency -- but not on social media.
Tech giants like Facebook and Youtube have created toxic algorithms that push people to extreme content, littered with hate speech and lies. It’s one of the ways groups spreading election disinformation are able to grow by the tens of thousands in a matter of hours.
But massive pressure forced the tech giants to take new measures to slow the spread of disinformation -- and evidence suggests they worked. This shows us the platforms *can* act if we force them to.
So let’s keep up the pressure on the tech platforms now more than ever, to stop disinformation and detox their algorithms. Join the call and share this widely!
The platforms knew this was coming. It was years of their execs and engineers pushing people to extremist groups, pages, and videos that got us into this mess in the first place.
But our community has been relentless with our pressure on the platforms, and we're finally seeing them act -- with Facebook reducing the reach of pages and groups spreading election disinformation, and Twitter labeling Trump's disinformation over a dozen times and counting.
While this shows us the platforms are willing to take action, it’s not nearly enough. They are doing the bare minimum in the face of serious threats to our democracies, communities, and even our mental health. It's time for the tech giants to have a reckoning on the damage their algorithms are having on us.