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Democrats demand Facebook, Twitter & YouTube change algorithms to stop ‘polluting minds of American people'

Added 01-22-21 07:37:01am EST - “Democrats in the US Congress have urged major social media platforms to eliminate algorithms and recommendations that breed extremism and undermine the sense of "objective reality."” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Democrats demand Facebook, Twitter & YouTube change algorithms to stop ‘polluting minds of American people’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Representatives Anna Eshoo and Tom Malinowski wrote letters demanding change to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. A similar letter was sent to the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai, and Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, which is owned by Google.

“For years, social media companies have allowed harmful disinformation to spread through their platforms, polluting the minds of the American people,” Eshoo tweeted.

For years social media companies have allowed harmful disinformation to spread through their platforms, polluting the minds of the American people.Online disinformation is not just about removing bad content. I see it as largely a product design issue. (1/2)

The lawmakers argued that social media platforms allow content which reinforces “existing political biases, especially those rooted in anger, anxiety, and fear.” They said the algorithms used by Big Tech “undermine our shared sense of objective reality” and “facilitate connections between extremist users,” which lead to violence in real life, like the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6.

Twitter was urged to “immediately make permanent changes to limit the spread of misinformation and other forms of harmful content.” Facebook and YouTube were similarly asked to tweak their recommendation systems in order not to promote “dangerous conspiracy theories” among users.

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