Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook was intensely criticized for allowing misinformation, spam and propaganda to spread on its platform. To make matters worse, much of that info originated from foreign bad actors looking to influence the outcome of the election. That’s why Facebook vowed to clean up its act this time around — though according to several prominent lawmakers, the social media giant still isn’t doing enough to ensure its users are safe.
This week, U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal and David Cicilline sent a letter to Facebook accusing the company of not following its own rules to stop misinformation and take down violence-inciting events like the one organized by a right-wing militia in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The lawmakers urged Facebook to hire more experts on these topics and improve its enforcement measures.
“With the election less than 50 days away, the lack of concerted action by Facebook to address this threat to our democracy is a grave concern,” the two lawmakers wrote. “We are at the precipice of a democratic crisis, and Facebook must take all immediate steps within Facebook’s power to avert this crisis.”
Though Facebook made an effort to improve security in 2020, it’s clear that the company still hasn’t done enough. The days are winding down until the election, so here’s hoping Facebook figures out how to get stronger in these areas — and soon.
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