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During a Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce of the Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing titled “Holding Big Tech Accountable: Legislation to Protect Online Users,” several members of Congress pushed Big Tech companies to do more to purge content that they deem to be “disinformation.”
The purpose of the hearing was to consider five bills: the “ Banning Surveillance Advertising Act of 2022 ,” the “ Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2022 ,” the “ Cooperation Among Police, Tech, and Users to Resist Exploitation Act ,” the “ Increasing Consumers’ Education on Law Enforcement Resources Act ,” and the “ Digital Services Oversight and Safety Act of 2022 .”
None of the bills contain the phrase “misinformation” or disinformation but these phrases were used multiple times during the hearing to complain about online misinformation and warn tech companies that they would be held accountable if they didn’t remove more disinformation.
In her opening statement, the chairwoman of the hearing, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, said: “Misinformation and disinformation are seemingly still amplified and that is having dramatic costs for people around the world.”
Schakowsky continued by accusing Russian state-owned media of “targeting Spanish speakers around the globe with disinformation…when it comes to…what is going on in the invasion of Ukraine.”
She also said that social media had previously “abetted a genocide in Myanmar and a deadly insurrection on January 6,” claimed that “billionaires build economic empires by feeding Americans an ever-increasing diet of disinformation,” and used these claims to conclude that “it is time to regulate.”
“As we refine these proposals, I have no doubt that can help create a fair, safer internet,” Schakowsky added. “One that protects consumers and…whose business model isn’t rooted in disinformation.” https://video.reclaimthenet.org/articles/congress-big-tech-accountable-disinformation-jan-schakowsky.mp4 Congresswoman Cathy […]
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