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Jack Dorsey: Twitter has no influence over elections

  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Twitter does not have the ability to influence elections because there are ample additional sources of information, in response to questioning from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz during a hearing Wednesday.
  • Conservatives argue Twitter and Facebook's moderation decisions help Democrats, while liberals contend the platforms shy from effectively cracking down on misinformation to appease Republicans.
  • Driving the news: Dorsey is testifying remotely alongside Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, the much-discussed law that allows tech platforms to moderate content and not be held legally liable for it.
  • Reality check: Cruz has been hammering Twitter for its decisions around limiting access to the New York Post's controversial coverage of Hunter Biden, and used his questioning time at the hearing to berate Dorsey.

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Facebook fact-checkers to Trump supporters: We are not trying to censor you

  • Trying to stem the flow of viral misinformation on its platform, Facebook over the past few years has hired third-party fact-checkers to label misinformation as false.
  • The long-held distrust of the mainstream media among conservatives — much of it learned from Republican leaders — now extends to fact-checkers who work for Facebook.
  • He often receives calls from irate Facebook users when they realize a post they've shared has been fact-checked.
  • Politicians are exempt from Facebook fact-checking, meaning they can spend millions of dollars on false ads if they so choose.
  • Holan said PolitiFact, which was set up in 2007, long before Facebook worked with fact-checkers, scrutinizes statements made by both Republicans and Democrats.

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Hydroxychloroquine conspiracies are back, but Trump’s the patient now

  • Mentions of hydroxychloroquine spiked in the hours and days following the president’s Covid-19 diagnosis, according to data from the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs, which monitors misinformation on social media, traditional media, and other online sources.
  • Trump’s doctors even said in early June — months before he tested positive for the coronavirus — that the president underwent a two-week course of hydroxychloroquine “safely and without side effects.” Less than two weeks later, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the drug was “unlikely to produce an antiviral effect.” Speculation about hydroxychloroquine has nevertheless continued on mainstream conservative media outlets like Breitbart, Fox News, and the Federalist.
  • On October 2, the day that Trump announced his positive test result, one of the most popular posts on Facebook, according to engagement data from the social media analytics firms CrownTangle and NewsWhip, highlights a tweet in which Immanuel offered to prescribe hydroxychloroquine to President Trump if his own doctors wouldn’t.

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Sen. Schatz calls Senate's Section 230 hearing with tech CEOs a 'sham' - Business Insider

  • Schatz railed against Republican lawmakers, accusing them of politicizing tech companies' Section 230 protections, an aspect of an internet law that prevents them from being liable for content posted on their platforms.
  • Democrats and Republicans have largely agreed that Section 230 needs to be revised, but President Donald Trump has amplified the fight to do so after Twitter and Facebook began fact-checking his posts in May. The pair's handling of a controversial New York Post article about Joe Biden's son has also fed Republicans' belief that Big Tech is biased against conservative content and wields too much power over what the public is exposed to online.
  • It means the likes of Facebook and Twitter aren't liable for content that people post on their sites, including hate speech and misinformation.

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Sen. Schatz calls Senate's Section 230 hearing with tech CEOs a 'sham' - Business Insider

  • Schatz railed against Republican lawmakers, accusing them of politicizing tech companies' Section 230 protections, an aspect of an internet law that prevents them from being liable for content posted on their platforms.
  • Democrats and Republicans have largely agreed that Section 230 needs to be revised, but President Donald Trump has amplified the fight to do so after Twitter and Facebook began fact-checking his posts in May. The pair's handling of a controversial New York Post article about Joe Biden's son has also fed Republicans' belief that Big Tech is biased against conservative content and wields too much power over what the public is exposed to online.
  • It means the likes of Facebook and Twitter aren't liable for content that people post on their sites, including hate speech and misinformation.

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Twitter’s answer to election misinformation: Make it harder to retweet

  • Twitter announced on Friday — less than 30 days ahead of the US election — that it’s enacting a series of significant changes in order to make it harder to spread election misinformation on its platform.
  • Taken as a whole, the moves represent the sort of significant systemic change that some misinformation experts say is necessary to slow the spread of viral lies on the platform, especially those about the election process and results.
  • Facebook has similarly tried to limit voting misinformation, but its most recent action to ban political ads following the election has received less praise than Twitter’s new policies.
  • But in recent cases when President Trump has tweeted misleading information about voting, it’s taken the platform several hours to add such labels.
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