Michigan Gov. Whitmer Calls on Facebook to Crack Down on Hate and Disinformation

January 18, 2020, 12:01 AM

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: "This is disgusting. This is immoral. This is unacceptable."

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer fired off a letter Wednesday to Mark Zuckerberg calling on him to enforce Facebook’s community standards to protect individuals and election security.

Posting the letter on her Facebook page, Whitmer commented:

Yes, I called out the platform you are reading this post on right now.

We use Facebook to connect with others, to share special moments and funny memes with the people that we call friends. But Facebook’s refusal to enforce the very basic standards that they set themselves – that violent or dehumanizing speech, statements of inferiority, or calls for exclusion or segregation won’t be tolerated – has allowed for disinformation, hatred, and violent rhetoric to run rampant.

Users have been allowed to call for certain Michigan congressional leaders to be “be hung and raped,” needing of “a bullet between her eyes,” or instead, just “set … on fire.”

This is disgusting. This is immoral. This is unacceptable. 

The letter comes after a Facebook page that contained threats of violence against women, Muslims, including Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and Democrats was taken down following Metro Times coverage.

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