Democrats push Mark Zuckerberg on Meta actions ahead of the January 6 Capitol attack
A group of 13 Democratic senators led by Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Jack Reed of Rhode Island have called on Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg to respond to Facebook's handling of misinformation execution ahead of the January 6th U.S. Capitol attack . Citing documents and evidence shared by Facebook spy Frances Haugen, they say they want to know why the company sent "premature" protections they had before the 2020 presidential election.
"This action allowed misinformation, disinfection, and violent astronomy to return to the stage immediately after Election Day and before the start of the January 6 revolution," the group said.
Many of the questions are based on Meta’s incompetent civil integrity team. During her testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security, Haugen said the company disbanded shortly after the 2020 election. That is a claim Meta has been making constantly arguing.
"We did not abolish Civil Integrity," said Guy Rosen, Meta's vice president for integrity Time in October. "We have handed it over to a larger Central Integrity team so that the incredible work that has been started for the implementation of elections can take longer, for example, over health - related issues. continue to this day. "
To that extent, the group is asking Zuckerberg when Meta decided to eliminate the team and who did in the end. They also want to know which part of Meta is currently responsible for overseeing its efforts to prevent misinformation related to selection, as well as detail -information such as how many employees the company has assigned to that department. Beyond these questions, the group says it wants to know how Meta intends to protect the integrity of future elections.
"While we acknowledge the efforts made by Facebook to prevent the dissemination of false information and disinfection, violent astronomy, and harassment before the 2020 elections, it is clear that it was not enough to prevent on lies about the choice of rooting out on stage and fueling violence against our democracy, "said Klobuchar, Reed and the other 11 senators.
The group briefly stops threatening regulatory action against Meta. It is possible that the Senate could call on Zuckerberg to confirm what Instagram chief Adam Mosseri was asked to do earlier this month. While most U.S. lawmakers agree that more needs to be done to regulate Facebook and other social media platforms, Democrats and Republicans have not found much common ground on how they should address the issue.
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