Facebook & Google’s advertising continues to fund & promote dangerous conspiracy theories, COVID-19 disinformation, & malign foreign propaganda. Big Tech’s business model propagates this problem & highlights why Sec. 230 matters. A thread:
Facebook & Google operate the most sophisticated, expansive, & intrusive advertising networks—built on troves of your personal data & designed to precisely target you.
Tech companies sell off this powerful ad platform to the highest bidder with few safeguards & little oversight or transparency. Allowing Russia, extremists, & scammers to use these ads as a weapon—reaping immense revenue & manipulating voters & consumers unabated.
This time—in the middle of a pandemic—health care providers, universities, & vaccine distributors are inadvertently funding anti-vax & COVID-19 misinformation site’s ecosystem of lies by using these opaque ad buying algorithms. newsguardtech.com/special-report…
This is where Sec. 230 comes in—Sec. 230 immunizes Google & Facebook from any fraud, scams, & destruction caused by their ad tools—it lets them make hundreds of billions of dollars per year by handing their bullhorn to the highest bidder, with no repercussions or consequences.
Reform to Sec. 230 is urgent & overdue. Until Big Tech can actually be held accountable for fostering, facilitating, & funding scams, crimes, hate, & abuse, they will never change their business model—to the detriment of public health, democracy, & countless victims.

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