Dems Scrutinize Message Apps Over Spanish Disinformation

By James Arkin (May 18, 2022, 6:04 PM EDT) — Democratic lawmakers have called on popular messaging platforms to track Spanish-language disinformation targeted at Latino communities and take steps to prevent it from proliferating on their apps.

Nearly two-dozen Democrats in both the House and Senate wrote to leaders at three messaging platforms — Signal, Meta’s WhatsApp and Telegram — broadly requesting that they take steps to block disinformation from spreading, and requesting specific information about how the companies respond to and prevent such information on their apps. 

The letters, which were led by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., were sent to the…

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