CHC Members Meet with YouTube CEO to Discuss Spanish Language Dis/Misinformation 

Apr 28, 2022
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For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 28, 2022

 

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CHC Members Meet with YouTube CEO to Discuss Spanish Language Dis/Misinformation 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki to discuss the urgency of addressing Spanish language dis/misinformation, content moderation, and YouTube’s initiatives and policies addressing dis/misinformation.

Addressing the rampant spread of Spanish-language dis/misinformation remains an urgent priority for the CHC as Hispanics across the country increasingly turn to social media for vital information. Following the meeting, CHC Chair Raul Ruiz, M.D., Senator Luján, Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, Co-Chairs of the Dis/Misinformation Taskforce, Reps. Darren Soto and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, and Vice Chair of Communications Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández issued the following statements:

"We appreciate Susan Wojcicki, YouTube CEO, for meeting with CHC Members today to answer our concerns on Spanish-language dis/misinformation. Lies cost lives, and the CHC continues to call for strengthened oversight and to push social media companies to bolster their infrastructure to combat dis/misinformation on their platforms. Addressing the rampant spread of Spanish-language dis/misinformation remains an urgent priority for the CHC as Hispanics across the country increasingly turn to social media for vital information,” said Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz.

“Today, Ms. Wojcicki committed to releasing core internal accountability metrics at YouTube, including their Violative View Rate, for Spanish-language content. That’s a good start,” said Senator Luján, Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband. “YouTube is a global platform and they have a responsibility to ensure everyone is safe from harmful and hateful content, regardless of the language they speak at home.”

“In Florida, we’ve seen Spanish-language misinformation spread like wildfire and threaten our communities. With more and more people turning to social media to receive information, we must ensure that content is reviewed thoroughly before reaching mass audiences. As more and more bad actors purposely aim to spread lies to vulnerable populations, platforms like YouTube have a responsibility to prevent them from having the power to influence public opinion. I believe that our conversation with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki was extremely productive, and I hope to see YouTube use ample resources to combat Spanish-language misinformation,” said Rep. Darren Soto.

“The spread of misinformation remains an existential, urgent threat to democracy,” said Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García, “and social media platforms like YouTube must be included in efforts to prevent the spread of lies and distortion of the truth. Experts continue to warn that Latinos remain a particularly susceptible population to disinformation campaigns, and I am proud that the CHC is taking proactive actions to engage and join forces with social media platforms to protect our communities from manipulative disinformation campaigns online.”

“Today, we invited Susan Wojcicki CEO of YouTube to meet with the CHC to discuss how disinformation - intentionally false and intended to undermine our democracy and health - are disproportionately affecting the Hispanic community. Latinos spend twice as much time on YouTube than other non-Latino adults and are targeted on YouTube because we were also the second-largest voting bloc in the last election. We pushed the CEO and asked her to provide us with the data to show that Spanish language disinformation is taken down as quickly as English language disinformation. We will continue to call on the FCC to build much-needed infrastructure to monitor Spanish language media and protect our democracy. Debemos proteger a nuestra gente,” said Vice Chair of Communications Teresa Leger Fernández.

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.