US Reps ask Facebook to curb election suppression by white supremacists

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This story is part of Elections 2020, PJDM’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

Two US representatives have requested Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to act immediately to ensure fairness and safety in the 2020 election. This contains “curbing suppression efforts by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and right-wing militias” who’re utilizing the social media platform to unfold misinformation and hate forward of the presidential election, the letter from US Reps. Pramila Jayapal and David Cicilline, revealed Monday, says.

The letter additionally factors to present US President Donald Trump’s recent comments that he would use law enforcement to patrol polling places — which the reps say is “voter intimidation designed to suppress turnout by Black and Latinx voters” — and his refusal to commit to peacefully leaving the White House if unsuccessful in being reelected.

“The president’s actions have emboldened white supremacists, neo-Nazis, right-wing militia teams and their supporters, who usually flip to Fb to unfold rumors and misinformation in regards to the election,” the letter says. “The shortage of concerted motion by Fb to handle this risk to democracy is a grave concern.”

The letter asks Fb to implement its insurance policies banning voting interference; instantly take away any posts, teams and occasions that promote white supremacist violence, voter suppression and misinformation; ban white nationalist and hate teams; implement its ban on any posts encouraging individuals to take weapons to polling locations; and rent consultants in coping with white supremacist violence and hate teams.

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Corinne Reichert