Following the mob vioence in Washington, Avaaz, the global movement for democracy, is calling on good citizens to join its campaign to regulate Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
Avaaz says this week’s mob violence in Washington, incited by President Trump, was organised on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
It’s asking New Zealanders, and people around the world, to sign an open letter to world leaders to regulate social media.
Social media is the problem, Avaaz says: “But it’s not just the US — extremists across the world have their lies and hatred accelerated by these platforms, allowing them to grow at an alarming rate. We need to stop this!
Sign the Open Letter
“Social media executives are working hard to stop our governments from passing strong laws to protect democracy — but we can change that!
Sign our open letter and once we reach 1 million, we’ll publish it in the biggest global newspapers — <Avaaz – About Us>
The Open Letter says: “Dear President-Elect Joe Biden, dear EU President von der Leyen, dear World Leaders: Democracy is fighting for its life right now.
The failed coup on American democracy marks the first time the US Capitol has been stormed since 1814.
And it was organised on Twitter, Facebook & Co.
Extremist groups across the world are growing at an alarming rate. Our institutions and our fight against Covid-19 is being undermined by disinformation going viral.
It is high time we regulate(d) social media. We call on you to put rules into place that ensure platforms are being held accountable for accelerating disinformation to millions of people, to issue fact-check corrections to everyone who’s seen false information and ensure full transparency — both to experts and users.
Together, we can revive our democracies and make them stronger than ever. Yours sincerely, (ADD NAME)”
Social media is of course not the only platform that has stoked protests and riots in the US, and division across the world, says Avaaz .
But, says Avaaz, it’s handing extremist and anti-democratic groups a huge megaphone, accelerating their lies and hatred to millions of people – and allowing it to grow to levels that cause a serious risk to our societies.
It adds: “Now it’s on us to ensure that our democracies are stepping up, to protect themselves -and all of us – from this unprecedented threat.
With hope, Chris, Spyro, Antonia, Franscesco, Huitheng, Luis, Raul and the entire Avaaz team”
The background to Avaaz
Avaaz is a 60-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.)
Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; the team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages.