Mar 25, 2021

Google, Facebook Twitter grilled in US on fake news

Tech bosses Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey are being grilled by US politicians over the proliferation of disinformation on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. On disinformation more generally, he said hateful content made up only a small fraction of what Facebook users saw - with political posts accounting for 6% of what US users saw in their news feeds. Twitter's Mr Dorsey said efforts to combat misinformation must be linked to "Earning trust" from users by focusing on "Enhancing transparency, ensuring procedural fairness, enabling algorithmic choice, and strengthening privacy". Bluesky is an independent team funded by Twitter which is working on creating open and decentralised standards for social media. British conspiracy theorists commanded massive online followings - David Icke has 780,000 on Facebook, 900,000 on YouTube and 230,000 on Twitter.

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