Tech Talk with Sean Burch and Alex Kantrowitz: How Twitter and Facebook ‘Crack Down’ on Misinformation | PRO Video

Sean Burch and Alex Kantrowitz
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2020 has stood out for plenty of reasons. But perhaps the most notable development in tech this year has been the willingness of Facebook and Twitter to increasingly moderate content, from purging fake news on COVID-19 to adding warning labels to President Trump’s posts. Have those measures gone too far? That’s what TheWrap’s Sean Burch and Alex Kantrowitz, publisher of the Big Technology newsletter, debated on this week’s episode of Tech Talk. Kantrowitz outlined the growing tension between the free speech absolutists, who are against Facebook and Twitter censoring content, and those in favor of “thoughtful moderation,” where tech giants are proactive in moderating their platforms. That tension has only increased in recent weeks, following Twitter and Facebook’s decision to censor reports from the New York Post on Hunter Biden, son of President-elect Joe Biden. Now, after deciding they’d take a more hands-on approach to policing their users, Twitter and Facebook have found themselves playing a game of “whack-a-mole,” Kantrowitz said, where the moment you take action against one piece of content, another problem springs up. Ultimately, Kantrowitz explains there’s a better way for these social media giants to spend time — improving their platforms. To hear his full answer,...

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