U.S. senators urge Facebook, Twitter for tighter checks before Georgia runoff election

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In this news, we discuss the U.S. senators urge Facebook, Twitter for tighter checks before Georgia runoff election.

(Reuters) – US Senator Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday called the heads of Facebook and Twitter for information on steps taken by social media companies to prevent the spread of disinformation ahead of the second round of the U.S. Senate elections in Georgia.

The platforms “must expect an attack on the malicious tactics of voter suppression and delegitimization seen in the presidential election,” a group of five senators led by Blumenthal said in separate letters to CEOs Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey.

Social media companies have been closely watched for how they monitor the rapid spread of false information and election-related abuse from their platforms.

Georgia’s two competitions in January will determine which party gets majority control of the Senate. Democrats, who won just one nationwide Republican Senate seat in the Nov. 3 election, must win both to give them 50 of the chamber’s 100 seats, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris waving the decisive vote.

The letters, signed by four Democratic senators and Bernie Sanders, sought information on content moderation practices, civic integrity policies and improvements businesses will have in place for the second round of elections in Georgia. (here)

Separately, US Senator Bob Menendez also sent a letter to YouTube, urging the video platform to remove content that spreads false information about election results, sows public discord and fuels civil unrest.

In the letter, which contained five questions, Menendez asked, “How much advertising revenue has YouTube received from videos showing misinformation about election results?”

Menendez also asked YouTube, the video service of the parent company of Google Alphabet Inc, to provide information on steps to take to combat disinformation on its platform. related to the second round of elections in Georgia.

Report by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Shailesh Kuber

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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