Politico Laments That WhatsApp Isn’t Specifically Targeting Election Speech For Censorship

Politico Laments That WhatsApp Isn’t Specifically Targeting Election Speech For Censorship


Politico expressed frustration that Big Tech’s censorship apparatus hasn’t yet been fully deployed against election speech on WhatsApp Channels.

Politico‘s tech policy reporter Rebecca Kern lamented in a piece on Friday that WhatsApp Channels, which allows users to make public posts, not just communicate within private chats, has no “explicit election-disinformation policies.” The outlet cited “lawmakers, disinformation experts and former Meta employees” to parrot concerns that such a lack of speech-policing “could pose grave risks in a year when nearly half the globe is casting major votes.”

WhatsApp is owned by Meta, which also owns Facebook, Instagram, and Threads. Meta’s other platforms have what Politico euphemistically describes as “clear guardrails” against “election misinformation.” Some of those “guardrails” include censorship of content that Meta deems “likely

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