Facebook and other social media titans have officially started collaborating with the US government to combat internet misinformation. Facebook, which is owned by Meta, is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a special portal for government officials to request the removal of potentially misleading user content.
The Intercept published a report earlier this week about leaked documents revealing DHS plans to police misinformation on social media and other internet platforms. These documents show that the organization targets inaccurate information about COVID-19’s origins and the efficacy of its vaccines.
It also aims to address social media misinformation about racial justice, the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of US support for Ukraine. However, the Department of Homeland Security’s definition of misinformation, which is defined as “false information that is deliberately spread with the intent to deceive or mislead,” is unclear. This would give government officials a wide range of options for determining which information is false or dangerous.
Representatives from DHS and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have yet to respond to requests for comment, and neither Facebook nor Meta have responded.