Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube must be held accountable for their role in Wednesday’s violent insurrection and their role in the rise of extremist hate more broadly. The pro-Trump rally and plan to attack the Capitol afterwards were organized on social media. The riot itself was live-streamed and promoted on every major Internet platform. Facebook and Twitter both allowed Trump’s inflammatory video during the violence to remain up until intense backlash forced them to take it down and ban Trump from the platforms. Trump has already had his Twitter account reinstated.
And long before Wednesday, these platforms radicalized millions of people and pushed them into the arms of extremism. Facebook’s own research found that 64 percent of the time a person joins an extremist Facebook group, it’s because the platform *recommended* it. The algorithms of these platforms amplify content promoting hate speech, disinformation, and conspiracy theories — not because they have to, but because this content drives the most engagement and generates the most profit. With Democrats set to control the trifecta, holding Big Tech accountable must be at the top of their agenda.
What do you think? How should Congress and Biden hold social media platforms accountable?