Big tech has been pretty active in politics over the last few years, and with the Presidential election heating up, some big names joined forces to set the record straight.
All of the. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Verizon, Pinterest, and Wikimedia all cosigned a statement released on the Facebook News Room Twitter account.
- The big tech alliance was formed after the 2016 elections when the platforms received criticism for censorship and allowing ads with false information — among other things.
Voting information center. To avoid a 2016 repeat, Facebook announced its rollout of a voting information hub to combat misinformation.
- As part of this initiative, Facebook will target people of voting age based on location to provide relevant information such as state-specific guidelines, mail voting info, and deadlines.
- State election officials will also be able to send voting alerts through the platform.
How will big tech affect the election?
Big tech may stand up to misinformation in a big way this summer and fall, with many tech companies, like Facebook, watching a bit closer to what is being posted online.
- Twitter has made headlines recently after marking some of President Trump’s Tweets as false and misleading, even banning thousands of accounts linked to spreading outlandish conspiracy theories.
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