Former Facebook insider Alex Stamos with Brian Stelter
“We have to turn down the capability of these Conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. There are people on YouTube for example that have a larger audience than daytime CNN.”
“First, you have to focus on the violent extremists, and those companies have to be brave in that way. And, second, we have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences. There are people on YouTube, for example, that have a larger daytime — larger audience than daytime CNN, and they are extremely radical and pushing extremely radical views.”
“And, so, it’s up to the Facebooks and YouTubes, in particular, to think about whether or not they want to be effectively cable networks for disinformation. And then we’re going to have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem, you know, these companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such to be bringing them into tens of millions of homes. This is, you know, allowing people to seek out information if they really want to, but not pushing it into their faces, I think is where we’re going to have to go here.”
Oliver Darcy chimed in:
“Just a reminder that neither Verizon, ATT, nor Comcast have answered any questions about why they beam channels like OAN and Newsmax into millions of homes,” he said on Twitter. “Do they have any second thoughts about distributing these channels given their election denialism content? They won’t say.”
“It is really hard because what’s happening is people are able to seek out the information that makes them feel good. That is what’s happening. People have so much choice now. They can choose what their news sources are. They can choose what influencers they want to follow, and they can try to seal out anything that helps them question that.”
Oliver, this is just wrong to try to get them shut down. What kind of totalitarian society are you cheering on? CNN recently had to settle a big lawsuit for getting the facts wrong. Is this really a fair game to play?
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) January 17, 2021
Oliver, have you ever watched CNN?
— John Kartch (@johnkartch) January 17, 2021
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) January 17, 2021