Facebook: Correct the Record!
To Facebook, Twitter, and all technology platforms:
As citizens across the world, we urgently call on you to 'Correct the Record' -- to inform users by showing effective corrections to each and every person who sees verifiably false information on your platform. It’s the best thing you can do to restore public trust and protect democracy in our countries.
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It’s the sort of thing Avaaz might launch an urgent campaign on. But there’s just one problem -- the image has nothing to do with France. It was taken in Madrid, years ago. It’s fake. Untrue. A lie.
And it’s dangerous.
Disinformation like this has the power to turn protests violent, destroy trust in our democracies and make us hate, even kill each other. But there's a simple solution to this threat: distribute corrections to dangerous fake news -- to EVERYONE who has seen it!
Avaaz has pitched the idea to key decision-makers all over the world, and many of them love it. Facebook is sensitive to its public image right now, and next week Avaaz staff are meeting top executives there — let's get massive public backing from people everywhere, and run ads to make this idea famous!