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October 17, 2023

U.S. Senator Investigates Tech Giants’ Efforts in Tackling Israel-Hamas Conflict Misinformation

In Brief

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has launched an investigation into how major tech companies like Meta, TikTok, X, and Google are addressing deceptive content related to the Israel-Hamas conflict on their platforms.

U.S. Senator Investigates Tech Giants' Actions to Combat Misinformation Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict

Senator Michael Bennet is investigating how major tech companies like Meta, TikTok, X, and Google are dealing with deceptive content related to the Israel-Hamas conflict on their platforms. Deceptive content, including visuals from previous conflicts and video game footage, has flooded social media, causing concerns about the spread of misinformation.

In a letter addressed to the CEOs of these companies, Senator Bennet has raised concerns about the amplification of deceptive content by algorithms and the insufficient actions taken by these social media platforms to address the issue. Bennet has posed a series of questions to these companies, seeking details about their content moderation practices, with a deadline for responses by October 31.

“Deceptive content has ricocheted across social media sites since the conflict began, sometimes receiving millions of views,” Bennet said in a letter.

Related: Israel’s Booming AI and Tech Sector Battles Disruptions Amid Escalating War

According to Reuters, the social media companies have detailed the actions they’ve recently taken in response to the conflict. TikTok has employed more moderators who can speak Arabic and Hebrew. Meta reported that it removed or labeled as disturbing over 795,000 pieces of content in Hebrew or Arabic within the first three days following the Hamas attack. Both X and Google’s YouTube also confirmed they’ve removed harmful content.

Although the companies have announced some measures to tackle the problem, Bennet believes these actions fall short, particularly criticizing their layoffs of trust and safety staff responsible for monitoring false and misleading content. He contends that the choices made by these companies are adding to a global atmosphere characterized by violence, suspicion, and a lack of trust. In this environment, reliable sources frequently get overshadowed by unreliable ones.

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Agne Cimerman
Agne Cimerman

Agne is a journalist who covers the latest trends and developments in the metaverse, AI, and Web3 industries for the Metaverse Post. Her passion for storytelling has led her to conduct numerous interviews with experts in these fields, always seeking to uncover exciting and engaging stories. Agne holds a Bachelor’s degree in literature and has an extensive background in writing about a wide range of topics including travel, art, and culture. She has also volunteered as an editor for the animal rights organization, where she helped raise awareness about animal welfare issues. Contact her on [email protected].

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