Tell Congress to Stop Lethal Misinformation and Algorithmic Discrimination
Big Tobacco. Big Tech. What do they have in common? Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has sounded the alarm on both.
The surgeon general has issued an advisory declaring online misinformation dangerous to our health, likening it to a pollutant that has contaminated our information environment.1
Congress must take action now to rein in Big Tech’s targeted spread of lies, or the dangers will only grow.
Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Doris Matsui have introduced new legislation — the Algorithmic Justice and Online Platform Transparency Act — that would stop lethal misinformation from spreading on social media.
This legislation provides the long-overdue transparency and accountability that we need to enact the surgeon general’s recommendations — and will expose the ways that powerful tech platforms extract our demographic and behavioral data. The bill would also help combat civil-rights harms by preventing the discriminatory use of personal information.
Tell your senators and representative in Congress to support the Algorithmic Justice and Online Platform Transparency Act today.
1. "Surgeon General's Warning on the Health Dangers of Misinformation Must Prompt Congress to Hold Platforms Accountable, Says Free Press Action," Free Press Action, July 15, 2021