Democrat O'Rourke presses US social media companies to combat disinformation

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's campaign on Friday called on Facebook , Twitter and Alphabet's Google to do more to fight ...

REUTERS: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's campaign on Friday called on Facebook , Twitter and Alphabet's Google to do more to fight disinformation ahead of the November 2020 election.

O'Rourke's campaign manager, Jen O'Malley Dillon, said in the letters that the campaign thought a network of bots on Twitter and Facebook amplified the false claim. "Our democracy depends on these platforms managing the crisis of disinformation. We’re aware they’ve all made efforts to improve. We are saying these efforts have been insufficient," O'Malley Dillon wrote.Twitter users trying to access the @suemo54 account on Friday were shown a warning that it was"temporarily restricted" due to"unusual activity." The tweet could still be viewed, however.

A Facebook spokesman said the company had taken action through its fact-checking programme by limiting the distribution of a post spreading the sticker claim that had been shared 42,000 times. It also added the FactCheck.org piece as a"related article" below the post.

 

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