Facebook asked to curb election suppression by white supremacists
This story is part of, CNET’s coverage of the November vote preparations.
Two US representatives asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will act immediately to ensure fairness and security in the 2020 elections. This includes “curbing the repression of white supremacists, neo-Nazis and right-wing militias” who use the social media platform to spread misinformation and hatred of the United States According to the letter from US Representatives Pramila Jayapal and David Cicilline published on Monday.
The letter also refers to recent comments by current US President Donald Trump that he would use law enforcement to patrol polling stations – which officials say is “intimidating voters to suppress turnout by black and Latin American voters” – and on his refusal to undertake to leave the White House peacefully if it fails to be re-elected.
“The president’s actions have encouraged white supremacists, neo-Nazis, right-wing militia groups and their supporters, who often turn to Facebook for rumors and misinformation about the elections,” the letter said. “Facebook’s lack of concerted action to combat this threat to democracy is a serious problem.”
The letter urges Facebook to enforce its guidelines on banning voting disruption. Immediately remove all posts, groups, and events promoting violence against white supremacists, voter suppression, and misinformation. Ban white nationalist and hate groups; Enforce the ban on posts that encourage people to bring guns to polling stations; and hire experts to deal with violence and hate groups by white supremacists.