Tell Congress: Facebook Can’t Regulate Itself
We have known for years that social media and tech platforms are vectors for extremism, racism, misogyny, lies and violence. And thanks to the brave actions of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, federal regulators now have access to tens of thousands of pages of evidence that show:
- Facebook exempts high-profile users from some or all of its rules
- Instagram is harmful to millions of young users
- In 2018, Facebook switched to a new algorithm that promotes objectionable or harmful content
- Facebook’s own tools are used to sow doubt about COVID-19 vaccines
- Facebook takes action on only 0.6% of violent or inciting content, allowing violence against ethnic minorities and political protesters
It’s past time for policymakers in Washington to confront the hate-and-lie-for-profit business model of tech platforms. Policymakers must stop allowing companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to operate unchecked.
We need to fundamentally reexamine the business model that amplifies the most extreme and hateful speech. Complex problems require complex solutions. We need a strategic set of solutions to meet the multifaceted challenges before us.
Tell Congress and the Biden administration to take immediate action to hold Facebook accountable.