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Fake News – How Do We Stop Mass Disinformation?

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Washington, February 13, 2017 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Last week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) sent a letter to major social network company chiefs to address the increase of ‘fake news’ infiltrating their websites and social media platforms.
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Washington, DC – Last week, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) sent a letter to major social network company chiefs to address the increase of ‘fake news’ infiltrating their websites and social media platforms. The letter was sent to the CEOs of Twitter, Yahoo, Tumblr, and Reddit and asks what is being done to block this disinformation.

It was recently announced by Facebook and Google that there would be a concerted effort to investigate and better monitor the back channels that fake accounts and fake news are being distributed on their platforms. One of the concerns raised in the attached letter involves the political implications this fake news has and may have in the future. 

Congressman Kinzinger released the following statement on the letter and the severity of this issue:

“We cannot underestimate the threats that disinformation and the spreading of ‘fake news’ can have on our democracy.  When a foreign government tries to influence political outcomes, it is not only an attack on our system but an attack on our government, our Constitution, and the principles we value. It is imperative to counter the ‘fake news’ and propaganda from foreign actors who seek to delegitimize our freedoms.

“Our hope with this letter is to encourage these social media platforms to combat ‘fake news’ and counter the damaging effects of this disinformation activity – in defending the integrity of our democracy and the safety and freedoms of our citizens, and our allies.”  

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