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Facebook and the Disinformation Targeting Latinx Communities
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Facebook and the Disinformation Targeting Latinx Communities

Jessica Cobian, Carmen Scurato, and Brenda V. Castillo urge Facebook to address its widespread Spanish-language disinformation problem.

Authors

  • Jessica Cobian
  • Carmen Scurato
  • Brenda V. Castillo

In the lead up to the 2020 presidential election, Latinx people in the United States were flooded with false information. Even worse, these deceptive campaigns targeting the Latinx community have continued long after Election Day, aiming to undermine the results of the election, erode trust in the new administration, and mislead our community about dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic; and the efficacy of the vaccines.

While Facebook attempts to paint Spanish-language moderation as an issue that impacts only Spanish speakers in other parts of the globe, the reality is that in the United States more than 40 million people speak Spanish at home, giving our nation the second-largest Spanish speaking population in the world.

The above excerpt was originally published in Colorlines. Click here to view the full article.

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Authors

Jessica Cobian

Senior Campaign Manager

Carmen Scurato

Brenda V. Castillo