U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, has joined a coalition of Latinx organizations to demand that social media platforms curb the spread of misinformation targeting Spanish-speaking users ahead of midterms.
In a letter sent to the heads of social media companies such as Meta, YouTube and Twitter, an umbrella group called the Spanish Language Disinformation Coalition (SLDC) warns that Spanish speakers are particularly vulnerable to the spread of online misinformation, lies and threats of violence.
According to Equis, two out of three Latinx Internet users consider YouTube to be the main source of news and information on politics and elections. This same research group also found that more American Latinx users access Facebook’s WhatsApp messaging platform than any other ethnic or racial group in the country.
“I was disappointed to see [social media companies] tolerate lies in Spanish that would never be tolerated in English,” Castro said during a Thursday press call organized by the SLDC.
Earlier this week, watchdog group Media Matters released a report showing that despite repeated promises by social media companies to block election disinformation, dozens of Spanish-language videos alleging voter fraud in the US remain online. on Youtube.
During his comments, Castro called out Texas Republicans for promoting false claims about voter fraud via the debunked film. 2000 slippers. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton and other high-ranking Texas GOP members promoted the film as evidence that widespread cheating cost Donald Trump the 2020 presidential election.
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