Facebook, Twitter, Google testify on extremism

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Beneath the highlight once more, the CEOs of Fb, Twitter, and Google are testifying in Congress in the present day about how their social media behemoths are combating the forms of extremist content material that results in misinformation campaigns, akin to the speculation that COVID-19 is a hoax or that the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

Such campaigns have birthed widespread skepticism towards the COVID-19 vaccine and, in January, an insurrectionist rebellion on Capitol Hill when a far-right mob tried to dam the certification of democratic votes.

The listening to, entitled “Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Misinformation,” started live-streaming at 12 p.m. Mark Zuckerberg of Fb, Jack Dorsey of Twitter, and Sundar Pichai of Google all submitted written testimonies forward of the convention.


Right here’s a few of what they’re saying:

Mark Zuckerberg:

  • “The overwhelming majority of what folks see on Fb is neither political nor hateful. Political posts make up solely about 6 p.c of what folks in the USA see of their Information Feed, and the prevalence of hateful content material folks see on our service is lower than 0.08 p.c.”
  • “We work with 80 impartial third-party fact-checkers licensed by means of the Worldwide Truth-Checking Community . . . If content material is rated false, we put a warning label on it [and] considerably scale back its distribution. This cuts future views by greater than 80%.”
  • Individuals who “favored, commented on, or reacted to posts with Covid-19 misinformation that we later eliminated for violating our coverage . . . will see a thumbnail of the put up and extra details about the place they noticed it, how they engaged with it, why it was false, and why we eliminated it.”
  • “Thus far, we’ve got banned over 250 white supremacist teams and 890 militarized social actions . . . We’ve got additionally continued to implement our ban on hate teams, together with the Proud Boys and plenty of others.”

(Full testimony)

Jack Dorsey:

  • “Content material moderation in isolation shouldn’t be scalable, and easily eradicating content material fails to fulfill the challenges of the fashionable Web. Because of this we’re investing in two experiments—Birdwatch and Bluesky.”
  • “In January, we launched the “Birdwatch” pilot, a community-based method to misinformation. Birdwatch is anticipated to broaden the vary of voices concerned in tackling misinformation, and streamline the real-time suggestions folks already add to Tweets.”
  • “Twitter can also be funding Bluesky, an impartial staff of open supply architects, engineers, and designers, to develop open and decentralized requirements for social media . . . Bluesky will finally enable Twitter and different firms to contribute to and entry open suggestion algorithms that promote wholesome dialog and in the end present people better selection. These requirements will help innovation, making it simpler for startups to handle points like abuse and hate speech at a decrease value.”

(Full testimony)

Sundar Pichai:

  • “Our potential to supply entry to a variety of knowledge and viewpoints, whereas additionally with the ability to take away dangerous content material like misinformation, is made attainable due to authorized frameworks like Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act . . . With out Part 230, platforms would both over-filter content material or not have the ability to filter content material in any respect. Latest proposals to vary Part 230—together with calls to repeal it altogether—wouldn’t serve that goal properly. The truth is, they might have unintended penalties—harming each free expression and the flexibility of platforms to take accountable motion to guard customers within the face of continually evolving challenges.”

(Full testimony)