-After taking the capitol, Democrats will ask for extra security locks -Missives will continue to be sent to request restrictions on social networks -Although it seems a fair measure, the largest faction in the US could have other intentions
Social networks have been fundamental to be the platforms for reporting, to request assistance in the midst of the pandemic, and, in general, they contribute to misinformation. But that’s only one side of the coin. Well, they also lend themselves to reproducing intolerant discourse and other rhetoric that threatens security and human dignity.
According to a study by the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED), In a month, in countries like Mexico, the messages of homophobia, racism, classism and misogyny are around 60 thousand 57.
In the United States, former President Donald Trump was able to reproduce intolerant messages in at least 11,000 tweets over 33 months, according to the New York Times; that is, a single person was able to cause this impact for a long time, although the letters on the matter were only taken until the end of his term.
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This has caused legislation to worry about the role of spaces such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube when it comes to getting involved in politics, since it was news that through hashtags and accounts on these platforms the movement was organized in support of the tycoon’s rhetoric that attacked the safety of many.
In letters to the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, Democratic representatives, along with dozens of other members of Parliament, called on companies to make radical changes to their platforms to curb violent and extremist activity on their networks.
Lawmakers accused companies of using certain product features and algorithms that drive content that evokes extreme emotions as a means to increase attacks.
They pointed out in their letters the specific characteristics that they want to see changed in each platform. For YouTube, lawmakers said they would like to see the company disable autoplay and stop recommending any conspiratorial content alongside videos or on users’ home pages.
Facebook was required to begin a “fundamental reexamination” of user participation “as the basis of the algorithmic ranking and the recommendations that come to it,” one of the letters from the Democrats requested.
Lawmakers also asked Twitter to start asking users to quote tweets rather than just retweeting them almost automatically.
“The terrible damage to our democracy caused on January 6 demonstrated how these social media platforms played a role in radicalizing and emboldening terrorists to attack our Capitol. These US companies must fundamentally rethink algorithmic systems that are at odds with democracy, ”the largest faction added in its message to networks.
On the other hand, earlier today, House Oversight Speaker Carolyn Maloney asked FBI Director Chris Wray to open an investigation into Parler, a conservative Twitter counterpart, following the attack on the Pro-Trump Capitol.
Although the request of the Democrats seems fair, it is also important to note that there may be double standards in the matter, because without balance, both networks and the political part will always seek to take advantage of the matter.
It is therefore not only a fight against racist and intolerant attitudes in networks, as it is also disputed who has more power, if the social media platforms, or the politicians who can legislate on them.