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Joe Biden has won the US Presidency -- but not on social media.

Tech giants like Facebook and YouTube have created toxic algorithms that push people to extreme content -- it's one of the ways groups spreading election lies are able to grow.

Now the platforms are taking measures to stop election disinformation, but will only make permanent changes if there's enough pressure on them to do so. Add your name and share this everywhere!

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Joe Biden has won the US Presidency -- but not on social media.

Tech giants like Facebook and YouTube have created toxic algorithms that push people to extreme content, littered with hate speech and lies. It’s one of the ways groups spreading election disinformation are able to grow by the tens of thousands in a matter of... hours.

But massive pressure forced the tech giants to take new measures to slow the spread of disinformation -- and evidence suggests they worked. This shows us the platforms *can* act if we force them to.

So let’s keep up the pressure on the tech platforms now more than ever, to stop disinformation and detox their algorithms. Join the call and share this widely!

Tell Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter: stop the spread of disinformation -- detox your algorithms!

The platforms knew this was coming. It was years of their execs and engineers pushing people to extremist groups, pages, and videos that got us into this mess in the first place.

But our community has been relentless with our pressure on the platforms, and we're finally seeing them act -- with Facebook reducing the reach of pages and groups spreading election disinformation, and Twitter labeling Trump's disinformation over a dozen times and counting.

While this shows us the platforms are willing to take action, it’s not nearly enough. They are doing the bare minimum in the face of serious threats to our democracies, communities, and even our mental health. It's time for the tech giants to have a reckoning on the damage their toxic algorithms are having on us.

Tell Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter: stop the spread of disinformation -- detox your algorithms!

Fighting disinformation seems like a constant uphill battle, but our pressure is finally working. Let's keep showing up and help stomp out one of the most toxic elements of social media.

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With hope,
Rewan, Danny, Olivia, Flora and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

Facebook, Alarmed by Discord Over Vote Count, Is Said to Be Taking Action New York Times, November 5, 2020
Facebook serves as an echo chamber, especially for conservatives. Blame its algorithm. Washington Post (Oped), October 26, 2020
The Rise and Fall of the ‘Stop the Steal’ Facebook Group New York Times, November 5, 2020


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