Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are in the hot seat. The tech gurus both testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday. The companies are currently under review due to advertisements that ran during the 2020 presidential election.
According to Dorsey, Twitter banned over 300,000 tweets in an effort to prevent disinformation and mass manipulation. Unfortunately, these efforts were not deemed as active prevention by the senate.
Last Month Zuckerberg and Dorsey made a strong commitment to lawmakers. Both companies were asked to aggressively guard their platforms against users looking to manipulate or incite violence around the election results.
“We applied labels to add context. We have limited the risk of harmful election misinformation spreading without important context. The public told us they wanted us to take these steps. Between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11. 300,000 tweets were labeled for content that was disputed and potentially misleading. This represented 0.2% of all U.S. election-related tweets sent during the period. Of the labeled tweets, 456 also were covered by a warning message and limited in how they could be shared. About 74% of the people who viewed those tweets saw them after a label or warning message was applied,” Dorsey said.
Facebook also recently banned the “Stop The Steal” page. The group consisted of 350,000 Trump supporters who believe that the election was rigged.
Despite both companies’ efforts, the senate is now calling for approval of the “Honest Ads Act.”The bill will require media companies to place limitations and protections on political advertising.[embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSnLB_SafZc[/embedyt]