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US Congressmen concern over fake news on Chile’s referendum

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US Congressmen concern over fake news on Chile’s referendum

Santiago de Chile, Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) Six US Democratic congressmen expressed their concern to the directors of Facebook, Twitter and Tik Tok for disinformation shared today on those platforms about the proposed new constitution in Chile.

In a letter published here Saturday, the lawmakers urged the three platforms to act swiftly in the hours leading up to Sunday’s plebiscite against the spread of fake news.

“We believe that technology corporations such as yours have an obligation to ensure that their platforms do not serve to spread hate, lies and misinformation to the electorate,” the signatories, including Andy Levin and Jesus Garcia, stress.

The congressmen consider even more worrying the hate speeches against women and leaders of native communities involved in the process, such as the former president of the Constitutional Convention, the Mapuche academic Elisa Loncon.

The group regretted that lies and viral stories have been closely correlated with a change in the polls and these three platforms are not taking sufficient measures to combat such misinformation.

Faced with this situation, it urged Twitter, Facebook and Tik Tok to act against disinformation on their networks so as not to provoke interference in the historic referendum.

This Sunday, more than 15 million Chileans are summoned to the polls to vote for or against a new draft constitution that seeks to bury the one in force since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).

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