Lawmakers Push Twitter To Combat ‘Racism And Bigotry’

A number of the U.S. lawmakers sometime back launched attacks on Twitter .They were pushing the tech firm to dig dipper into how Russians might have used the platform to influence the 2016 presidential election.

D-Missouri, Emanuel Cleaver and Watson Coleman recently wrote a letter addressing it to Jack Dorsey who happens to be Twitter’s CEO. They sought out to push the company to increase the efforts it was directing towards combating the spread of bigotry and racism online.

In the same letter, the lawmakers outlined that they were uncomfortable about Twitters attitude in handling those persons that were sharing racist ideologies on the platform.

According to them, the company had played a significant role towards the violence that erupted in August at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The lawmakers opined, “We are disappointed by the silence from you and others in your industry on ways to counter such blatant manipulation of this medium to build racial animosity, the consequences of which are literally life-threatening.”

In the previous week, Twitter cracked up to a number of congressional investigators revealing that it have succeeded at pulling down about 201 accounts linked to Russian entities. These were entities that focused on purchasing ads on Facebook. The section of the ads associated with the Russian entities paid great focus on racial issues.

SiliconBeat has reached out to Twitter with a number of questions it wanted answered. It was all in vain after twitter’s spokesperson declined to answer the questions.

The lawmakers, now more than ever are determined to push the social media giant into outlining its efforts to detect as well as do away with the “racially divisive communities.” They have strongly condemned any party that mediates or takes steps towards meddling in an election.

The lawmakers have threatened the company telling it to expect serious government oversight and regulations any time soon. That is if it will remain hesitant to grasp the seriousness posed by such a serious threat. They expect that the company will take the appropriate measures soon.