We're not going to say we told you so, but the 2020 elections have proven beyond a shred of doubt that Donald Trump and his enablers have masterfully exploited social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. Mark Zuckerberg seems like he can't say "but both sides" quickly enough, and refuses to do anything - even while Trump erodes democratic norms.
Facebook's refusal to take action has empowered Trump and his ilk to spread lies of a rigged and stolen election - and has allowed Trump to claim, unchallenged, that he won the election - even though it's very clear he did not. Twitter's not much better, but it has at least pushed back a bit. The refusal by these companies to meaningfully reform isn't a lack of foresight, however. It's by design.
For years, Facebook and Twitter have received millions upon millions in political advertising revenue - helping tech billionaires and political consultants cushion their bottom line. And at Facebook, ex-Republican insiders joined the social media giant's influence machine and have inhibited any action that would hurt Republicans or right-wing provocateurs.
The inaction and lack of accountability of social media is leading us directly into a constitutional crisis that extends beyond grandmas embracing QAnon and other outlandish conspiracy theories. Social media is breaking democracy. So what can we do?
Big Tech needs to be reined in and social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter must gain control of rampant misinformation. At a minimum, social media outlets need to be held accountable for the lies and misinformation that radicalizes individuals and undermines our democracy. And Big Tech must finally be regulated.
But for now, we urgently need action that prevents Facebook and Twitter from enabling Trump's dangerous lies and fever dreams. That's why we need 10,000 grassroots supporters to sign our petition before midnight and demand Facebook and Twitter stop spreading election lies, so add your name now: