The top US Congressional Democrat on Friday joined in criticism of Facebook for allowing misinformation to spread on the social media platform, saying it was “part of the problem.”
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, made the comments in response to a question about efforts by tech giants against the spread of disinformation online in the presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden.
“I’m not a big fan of Facebook,” Pelosi told reporters.
“I don’t know what they did but I know they have always been part of the problem.”
Ever since U.S. news media projected Biden to be victorious over incumbent Republican President Donald Trump on Saturday, the incumbent president and his supporters have been spreading allegations of massive voter fraud without evidence.
Facebook and Twitter have slapped warning messages on many recent posts from Trump and others.
Facebook and Google have also decided to maintain their ban on political advertising in the United States pending certification of the results.
However, social media companies have been accused by a wide range of voices of not doing enough and allowing fake news and hate speech to spread for too long.
Many right-wingers allege censorship of warning messages and other actions taken by tech companies.
Biden’s incoming administration will likely face questions as to whether action is needed to resolve the issue.
One debated issue is a section of a law that exempts social media companies from legal action for content posted by their users, with a few exceptions.
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