Senators question Facebook over disinformation and hate speech
They want to know if Facebook will reconsider its fact-checking policies amid COVID-19 and leading up to the 2020 election.
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US senators questioned
in a letter Wednesday about the social network's policies regarding hate speech and discriminatory targeting, as well as disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic and also the 2020 US presidential election.
The letter adds that Facebook has failed to prevent posts about fake cures and conspiracy theories during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blumenthal, Harris and Menendez have asked Facebook whether it will reconsider, before the presidential election, its fact-checking policy regarding politicians' posts; whether it will permit factually inaccurate posts about COVID-19 and the election process by politicians; how Facebook is addressing hate speech, such as misinformation about Asian-Americans; how it reviews content that could lead to voter suppression; and whether it will add a civil and human rights expert to its board.
They expect answers from Facebook by May 22. Facebook said it plans to respond.