It sounds a bit out of date, I would agree. But let’s listen to them.
Currently, these experts say, the federal government’s response to domestic misinformation and extremism is messy and widespread across many agencies, and there is a lot of unnecessary overlap. set.
Renée DiResta, a misinformation researcher at Stanford’s Internet Observatory, gave examples of two seemingly unrelated problems: misinformation about Covid-19 and misinformation about election fraud.
Often the same people and groups are responsible for spreading the two, she says. So instead of two parallel processes – one at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which aims to forge conspiracy theories concerning Covid, and the other at the Federal Election Commission, try to correct polling misinformation – a centralized task force can coordinate a strategic, response.
“If each of them does it separately and independently, you run the risk of missing connections, both in terms of content and in terms of tactics used to carry out campaigns,” DiResta said. .
This task force can also meet on a regular basis with technology platforms and drive structural changes that could help those companies solve the problems of extremism and misinformation. their own. (For example, it could form “safe harbor” exemptions that allow platforms to share data about QAnon and other conspiracy communities with researchers and government agencies without compromising on their own. And it could be the spearhead of the federal government’s response to the real-world crisis.
Check out the algorithms.
Some experts recommend that the Biden administration promote even more transparency about the inner workings of the black box algorithms that Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other major platforms use to rate feeds, proposing content and placing users in private groups, many of which are responsible for amplifying conspiracy theories and extremist views.
Dr. Donovan said: “We have to open the doors to social media so that civil rights lawyers and watchdogs can actually investigate human rights abuses that are triggered or amplified. by technology ”.