Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members Meet with Twitter and TikTok Officials to Discuss Spanish Language Dis/Misinformation

May 13, 2022
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For Immediate Release

Friday, May 13, 2022

 

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Members Meet with Twitter and TikTok Officials to Discuss Spanish Language Dis/Misinformation

Washington, D.C.Yesterday, Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) met with Twitter’s Vice President of Public Policy for the Americas, Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, and Global Lead for Site/Trust & Safety, Juan Felipe Rincón. CHC Members also met with TikTok’s Vice President and Head of Public Policy for the Americas, Michael Beckerman, and Head of Safety, Eric Han. In April, the CHC met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki who committed to release core internal accountability metrics.

Addressing 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 yesterday’s meeting, CHC Chair Raul Ruiz, M.D, Rep. Darren Soto, Co-Chair of the Dis/Misinformation Taskforce, and Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, Vice Chair of Communications, issued the following statements:

“Twitter and TikTok executives heard a clear message from the CHC: we need policies in place to protect Spanish-language users from dis/misinformation. Lives cost lives, and it’s critical that we ensure social platforms offer accurate and reliable information in Spanish and that they track data to measure their progress. The health of our communities and our democracy depends on it,” said Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz.  

“It is crucial for social media platforms like Twitter and TikTok to hire moderators to track Spanish-language content and ensure mis/disinformation isn’t running rampant through their sites. As we work to make the internet a safer place for vulnerable communities, we must focus on having sufficient resources to guarantee they stay true to their terms of service,” said Rep. Darren Soto.

“Yesterday, we met with the Vice President of Public Policy and Head Safety for both Twitter and Tik Tok to discuss how dis-misinformation disproportionately continues to affect Hispanic and Latino communities. Both Twitter and Tik Tok are hubs for the spread of Spanish dis-misinformation targeted at Latinos. Tik Tok has over a billion people interacting with videos of up to 10 minutes, especially Millennials and Gen Z, who voted in historic proportions during the 2020 election. We cannot let dis-misinformation spread on Tik Tok and discourage voter participation or undermine our democratic freedoms. We will continue to call on the FCC to monitor Spanish media and protect nuestra gente,” said Rep. Leger Fernández. 

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under met with 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.