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Social media should be regulated due to political polarization in US

Washington, Sep 13 (Prensa Latina) Social platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are responsible for intensifying political polarization in the United States, a report that recommends the federal Government to take measures to regulate them was revealed on Monday.

According to the study, conducted by the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, the technology platforms have failed to ‘sufficiently self-regulate,’ so which the Government intervention is necessary.

The text cites the January 6 attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump on the Capitol in Washington, as an example that social media contribute to political polarization as a way that manifests itself in real-world harm.

It even calls on President Joe Biden to persuade lawmakers and people in general to fight the online polarization to avoid ‘future versions’ of the events occurred on the Capitol.

The suggestions come as Washington, D.C., is preparing for a September 18 rally at which pro-Trump participants will demand ‘justice’ for those facing federal charges for the attack on Congress eight months ago.

On January 6 this year, hundreds of people attacked the Capitol, forced the evacuation on Congress and delayed the Electoral College vote count that would certify that Republican Trump was defeated and Democrat Biden won the November 3, 2020 presidential election.


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