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The Tech Oversight Project Launches TV Ad Slamming Big Tech for Spreading Russian Disinformation


Mar 14, 2022

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Monday, March 14, 2022
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Despite assertions to the contrary, new reporting from Axios and NewsGuard shows Big Tech platforms are still spreading Putin’s disinformation.

WASHINGTON, DC – Following multiple news reports spotlighting certain Big Tech companies’ continued unwillingness to fully stop Russian disinformation on their platforms, The Tech Oversight Project launched a TV ad slamming companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon for helping spread pro-Russia disinformation amid the Ukraine conflict. The ad cites recent Data for Progress polling showing majority (58%) support among American voters for S.2992, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, including 69% of Democrats, 60% of Independents, and 46% of Republicans. View the ad here.

“Simply put, Big Tech is not doing enough to stop Russian disinformation campaigns if they are still cashing Kremlin-backed checks on their platforms. This is part of a broader pattern of Big Tech concealing the truth from both the public and lawmakers – this time with devastating consequences for the people of Ukraine – and shows why they cannot be trusted,” said Sacha Haworth, Executive Director of the Tech Oversight Project. “Americans are crystal clear where they stand: hold Big Tech accountable for their actions that harm small businesses, users, and national security by passing antitrust reform now.”

Watch The Tech Oversight Project’s ad here.

Learn more about The Tech Oversight Project here.

Ad Script is below:

Ukraine – under attack.

Big Tech says they’re taking action, but new reports show some of them are still helping Russia spread disinformation.

It’s just another reason a majority of Americans support stronger laws to rein in Big Tech.

Voters agree: It’s time to hold Big Tech accountable.

Tell Congress to pass Big Tech antitrust reform, now. 

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