Summarised by Centrist
In the AFP report “Tech firms roll back misinformation curbs ahead of 2024 polls”, it says companies such as YouTube will now , for example, allow content, which claims the US 2020 presidential election was plagued by “fraud, errors, or glitches”. Meanwhile X (formerly known as Twitter) will not enforce its COVID misinformation policy.
The overall tone of the article is that this is the negative outcome of layoffs, cost-cutting measures and right-wing groups pressuring social media parent companies like Meta and Google whom they accuse of suppressing free speech.
The report’s authors imply the controls are necessary to curb “misinformation and falsehoods” amid a “global election season” in 2024.