The Technology 202: Apple in the antitrust spotlight as coronavirus pandemic boosts mobile payments

June 17, 2020

The Washington Post

Civil rights advocates who have spent years pushing Facebook to address issues of voter suppression say the new measure doesn't go far enough to address voting rights.

“Facebook, at our urging, is moving to register millions of voters and build a voter education hub, but without taking sufficient action against politicians and their operatives who engage in voter suppression and incite violence," Vanita Gupta, president and chief executive of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said in a statement. "Without taking the comprehensive approach to protecting voting rights and fair elections that we’ve been demanding, this announcement is a half-measure.” 

And Democrats continue to lambast the company's handling of Trump's comments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) encouraged advertisers to discourage platforms from amplifying violent content and misinformation at a forum on coronavirus misinformation yesterday, the Hill reports. She wants them to withdraw their ads and also mount a public pressure campaign. 

“Advertisers are in a position — they have power — to discourage platforms from amplifying dangerous and even life-threatening disinformation,” Pelosi said during a George Washington University forum focused on misinformation.

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