“Internet platforms have let climate denialism run rampant for years.”
Many people have speculated that questioning climate change in any way will eventually be banned on social media. We just took one step closer to that reality.
Some big tech companies are now vowing to stamp out climate ‘denialism’ by treating it as misinformation.
Sara Fischer reports at Axios:
Big Tech finally reckons with climate denialism
Tech companies are cracking down on climate misinformation ahead of this year’s United Nations COP26 climate summit, in an effort to get ahead of an expected surge in climate misinformation during the global conference.
Why it matters: Internet platforms have let climate denialism run rampant for years. New efforts to curb climate misinformation are finally happening in the wake of a more serious global conversation around the crisis.
- Ahead of the conference, which began Sunday, experts have warned that misinformation could undermine the event.
- Extreme weather events this year have pushed climate deniers to adapt their strategies online, making them harder to combat by tech companies.
Driving the news: Twitter on Monday rolled out a new program designed to “pre-bunk” climate misinformation, or get ahead of false narratives about climate by exposing people to more accurate information about the crisis on its platform.
- Last month, Google and its subsidiary YouTube took a much more drastic step, announcing a new policy that prohibits climate deniers from being able to monetize their content.
- In September, Facebook introduced new measures intended to counter misinformation about climate change after expanding an online portal meant to counter such misinformation in February.
Just as concerns about the pandemic are starting to ebb, the left is suddenly talking a lot more about climate change. Do you think that’s a coincidence, or do you think that they’re simply looking for a new way to control people’s lives?
By the way, do you find anything a little strange about the term “pre-bunk?”
JUST IN – Twitter begins to "pre-bunk climate misinformation," exposing people to "more accurate information" (Axios)
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 1, 2021
Exclusive: Twitter will role out a new program designed to “pre-bunk” climate misinformation, or get ahead of false narratives about climate by exposing people to more accurate information about the crisis on its platform. https://t.co/LT2qwl57DQ
— Axios (@axios) November 1, 2021
If the science is so settled and secure, why is debate censored? https://t.co/H7AxYFamQh
— Andrew Quackson (@AndrewQuackson) November 1, 2021
Internet platforms that use more energy in a day than you’ll use in your life are here to save the planet by silencing dissenters https://t.co/HrOK1Ad9Ph
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) November 1, 2021
“Climate denialism” is coded language for ostracizing those who are skeptical of the science, and the suggested remedies, and getting tech companies to shut down free exchange of skepticism is very very dangerous and dystopian. https://t.co/VLkNhai0b0
— Fiscal Therapist (@BigLifeMark) November 1, 2021
And what about all the world leaders who just flew to Scotland in their own jets to discuss climate change? Are we supposed to just ignore that?
30,000 white rich jerks can fly thousands of miles for a climate conference and this is the only actionable result https://t.co/e4BhlTSrFQ
— Anthony Abides (@AnthonyAbides) November 1, 2021
Have you seen the images of Biden’s motorcade?
REPORT: Joe Biden used more than TWENTY VEHICLES to travel to the 'climate change' conference. – Biden Motorcade – Glasgow, Scotland pic.twitter.com/QVskcnvh1t
— New Granada (@NewGranada1979) November 1, 2021
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