You can’t hear it, but I have broken out in applause over this.
Courtesy of NBC News:
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday released a plan to fight disinformation and to hold tech companies accountable for their actions in light of the 2016 election.
“Disinformation and online foreign interference erode our democracy, and Donald Trump has invited both,” Warren said in a Tweet Wednesday. “Anyone who seeks to challenge and defeat Donald Trump in the 2020 election must be fully prepared to take this on – and I’ve got a plan to do it.”
Warren proposed to combat disinformation by holding big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google responsible for spreading misinformation designed to suppress voters from turning out.
“I will push for new laws that impose tough civil and criminal penalties for knowingly disseminating this kind of information, which has the explicit purpose of undermining the basic right to vote,” Warren said in a release.
Warren, who has been an advocate for breaking up big tech companies like Amazon and Facebook, has said that she wants to make “big structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition.” It’s part of a broader policy to stop disinformation, requiring tech companies and the government to come together to solve the problem.
I am all for holding these companies accountable for the falsehoods that they allow to be spread on these social media sites.
Personally I would like to see Mark Zuckerberg behind bars, but perhaps that is a bit much to ask for.
Elizabeth Warren is becoming a more attractive candidate by the day.