A round up of all the latest news updates and press releases from Accountable Tech.
Mashable: "'The very same day Trump released a video calling the 2020 election ‘stolen’ and [demanded] January 6th insurrectionists be released from prison, YouTube decided to let him back on their platform,' Nicole Gill, executive director of the advocacy group Accountable Tech said in a statement provided to Mashable."
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Reuters: "More than 350 of his Truth Social posts would have violated Facebook's rules, including posts amplifying the conspiracy theory QAnon and pushing false claims of election fraud, liberal advocacy group Accountable Tech said in a December report."
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NPR: "Since using social media to incite a violent insurrection against the United States government, Trump's online behavior has gotten even more dangerous," Nicole Gill, executive director of Accountable Tech, said in a statement. "YouTube put profits and politics over the safety of their users, the integrity of their platform, and the wellbeing of our democracy."
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Pluribus News: "'This is the kind of bill that actually changes the trajectory of the industry,' said Nicole Gill, co-founder and executive director of Accountable Tech, one of the groups behind the state-level effort. 'It will upend the way they operate, the status quo.'"
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Gizmodo: “While I appreciate House Republicans’ apparent desire to protect Chrissy Teigen’s right to hurl insults at Trump without him weaponizing the government to silence her, I think the first amendment has it covered,” Lehrich said in an interview with Gizmodo. “It’s frustrating that rather than channeling the bipartisan momentum on everything from overhauling our antitrust laws to passing strong federal privacy legislation, these guys are devoting all their time to culture war bullshit and letting Big Tech off the hook.”
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Grid News: “This research underscores the reality that Google continues to act as one of the greatest funders and facilitators of disinformation, hate speech and propaganda in the history of the world,” said Jesse Lehrich, a co-founder of the watchdog group Accountable Tech. “They’ve built a monopolistic surveillance advertising machine that — through billions of opaque, automated transactions per day — funnels tens of millions of ad dollars from unwitting brands to malign actors, often single-handedly propping up their junk sites.”
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NBC News: “'The rapid escalation of the AI arms race that ChatGPT has catalyzed really underscores how far behind Congress is when it comes to regulating technology and the cost of their failure,' said Jesse Lehrich, a co-founder of the left-leaning watchdog Accountable Tech and a former aide to Hillary Clinton."
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Morning Consult: "A mobile billboard outside Meta Platforms Inc. headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., on Jan. 17, 2023, urges the company to not reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Facebook account."
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PR Week: “Meta banned Trump because he clearly and repeatedly violated their safety standards, spread misinformation that put the lives of law enforcement and American democracy at risk, and refused to veer from his violent and dangerous course,” said Nicole Gill, cofounder and executive director. “Since being banned from Facebook, Trump has repeatedly used Truth Social to fuel violence, spread election lies and promote domestic terrorist organizations like QAnon. Reinstating his accounts undoubtedly hands him a megaphone to amplify the worst of his views which, as we have already seen, translates to real world harm."
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Fast Company: "Even if he weren’t to come back, Meta’s actions have baffled Accountable Tech cofounder and executive director Nicole Gill. 'There is absolutely no justification for allowing Donald Trump back on Facebook,' she says. 'Two years ago, Meta said it would only reinstate Trump if his presence on the platform no longer carried a threat of violence. Today’s decision reveals that promise for what it was: another empty publicity stunt by a company more concerned with making money than with democracy, safety, or even internal consistency.' Gill’s cofounder Jesse Lehrich adds: 'This decision is tantamount to handing a flamethrower to a serial arsonist and hoping for the best.'"
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