Our democracy is facing unprecedented threats: an ongoing pandemic, extreme polarization, widespread efforts to deceive voters and undermine our elections, and what will likely be a prolonged period of uncertainty as ballots are counted.
If social media platforms continue business as usual, they will be weaponized to exacerbate all of these threats. Unchecked lies about mail-in ballots and fraud will suppress votes. Baseless claims of election-rigging will sow chaos and inflame tensions. And extremists will organize and advocate for violence.
Social media companies must act now to protect our democracy by clearly outlining and consistently enforcing rules to prevent the spread of dangerous election-related lies.
Accountable Tech recently released our Election Integrity Roadmap. Designed in consultation with technologists, civil rights leaders, and disinformation experts, our roadmap takes existing policies and technology from the top social media companies in the world and recommends dozens of ways they can better secure their platforms and our democracy.