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House Democrats demand answers on TV 'misinformation rumor mills'

Added 02-22-21 11:57:04am EST - “House Democrats are pressing cable and streaming services over their decisions to host channels that the lawmakers accuse of spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories that lead to "real world harm."?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “House Democrats demand answers on TV 'misinformation rumor mills'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

House Democrats are pressing cable and streaming services over their decisions to host channels that the lawmakers accuse of spreading misinformation and conspiracy theories that lead to “real world harm.” 

Reps. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooHillicon Valley: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | YouTube study | Amazon lawsuit | Trump comments YouTube still pushing white supremacist videos: study Hillicon Valley: Ballots go out in Amazon union battle in Alabama | Hackers breach, attempt to poison Florida city's water supply | Facebook to remove posts with false claims about vaccines MORE (Calif.) and Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyHillicon Valley: Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for TikTok | House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks | Biden campaign urges Facebook to remove Trump posts spreading 'falsehoods' House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks Trump administration signs AI research and development agreement with the UK MORE (Calif.), senior members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, sent letters to the companies on Monday questioning their “ethical principles” involved in deciding which channels to carry and when to take action against a channel. 

“Some purported news outlets have long been misinformation rumor mills and conspiracy theory hotbeds that produce content that leads to real harm,” they wrote.

“Misinformation on TV has led to our current polluted information environment that radicalizes individuals to commit seditious acts and rejects public health best practices, among other issues in our public discourse.”

The lawmakers also asked for information about the number of users who tuned into the stations in the weeks leading up to the election and the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. 

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