NEWS BRIEF: Social media chiefs must prevent election disinformation, voting rights advocates say

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Civil rights and voting rights groups are urging social media companies such as TikTok, Twitter, Meta and YouTube to stop spreading disinformation ahead of the midterm elections. Local organizations, GALEO, Common Cause, Georgia Equality, Georgia Muslim Voters Project, and Georgia Stand-UP among them, joined similar national groups in a May 12 letter warning social media CEOs that election disinformation on their platforms continues to undermine the nation’s democracy. “Online disinformation continues to confuse, intimidate, and harass voters, suppress the right to vote or otherwise disrupt our democracy,” the letter said. “The upcoming November 8th midterm election will be the first national election day since the January 6th insurrection, making it extremely important that your platforms take appropriate action to combat disinformation.” atlantaciviccircle.org