Pretend information on Twitter, Fb, YouTube has actual victims, says open letter to tech execs


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Advocacy group Avaaz was behind the Mark Zuckerberg cutouts in DC final 12 months.


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A bunch of individuals figuring out as victims of faux information is asking on social media platforms to do extra to battle misinformation.

In an open letter to Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki out Thursday, the group mentioned “Regardless of what you say in public, your platforms proceed to be weaponized to unfold lies, hate and concern. So we have come collectively from totally different corners of the world to say, sufficient is sufficient. You could not shield us, however you’ll be able to shield others.” 

The group, which was organized by nonprofit advocacy group Avaaz, features a Finnish journalist who obtained dying threats for exposing Russian troll farms, leaders of the persecuted Rohingya in Myanmar, and an unvaccinated teenager. Additionally they met with executives from social media firms this week. The concept was to place faces to the “human price of the disaster fueled by their platforms.”

Avaaz was additionally answerable for the cutouts of Zuckerberg in DC final 12 months when the Fb founder and CEO testified earlier than Congress. The corresponding marketing campaign, “Appropriate the File,” requires platforms to indicate corrections from unbiased truth checkers when somebody has shared or seen misinformation.

Twitter mentioned its assembly with Avaaz coated plenty of subjects and that listening to these tales is a invaluable approach to inform its choices going ahead.

Fb and YouTube did not instantly reply to a request for remark. 



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