Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram are urged to better combat Russian disinformation
The letters were issued by US Senators to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, and CEOs of Twitter, Parag Agrawal and Pavel Durov of Telegram.
Three US senators from different political parties encouraged Meta’s Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram to do a better job of thwarting Russian efforts to disseminate false material about the invasion of Ukraine in Spanish.
The letters, dated Wednesday, were sent by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Republican Senator Bill Cassidy.
The lawmakers specifically asked the businesses to better control Sputnik Mundo and RT en Espanol from Russia.
“We … know that disinformation campaigns by Russian state media’s Spanish-language outlets targeted at Latin American and Caribbean audiences regularly reach Spanish-speaking communities in the United States, directly harming our national interests,” they said in the three letters.
The letters were addressed to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram, and Parag Agrawal, CEO of Twitter.
An inquiry for comment was not immediately answered by Facebook or Twitter representatives, while Telegram could not be reached.
A similar letter to Facebook was addressed in April by a group of 21 US congressmen.
According to the government, Britain earlier this month proposed a new rule requiring social media companies to actively combat misinformation disseminated by foreign governments like Russia.
According to the administration, the measure would target phoney identities created on websites like Meta’s Facebook and Twitter by foreign governments to sway elections or legal proceedings.
The National Security Bill and the Online Safety Bill, both of which are on the government’s current agenda, will likely be amended to link them in order for the bill to be passed within this legislative session.
The communications authority, Ofcom, will create codes of conduct to assist social media businesses in adhering to the law and will have the authority to levy fines for violations.