New York pension fund calls for vote against Twitter and Meta administrators

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli calls for votes against administrators of Twitter and Facebook’s parent platforms at their upcoming annual meetings, saying the two companies have failed to enforce their standards against harmful content , including during a mass shooting in Buffalo, NY, on May 14. .

In letters seen by Reuters and sent to each company’s board of directors ahead of events scheduled for Wednesday, Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees the New York pension fund, cited reports that the companies failed to remove the clips video and screenshots of the shooter’s live stream, and his alleged racist overt, from their platforms.

Such shortcomings contribute to radicalizing individuals and lead to calls for further regulation of social media, DiNapoli wrote. He told both boards that until they can demonstrate an “ability to successfully oversee the company’s content management policies, the Fund will continue to vote against directors” and called on the other investors to do the same.

Asked about the letters, a Twitter representative said it was taking action, including “removing videos and media related to the incident, as well as Tweets containing third-party links to the manifesto and videos of the offensive”.

Meta and Twiter have been accused of failing to remove video clips and screenshots of the gunman’s live stream and his alleged racist manifesto from their platforms.

Although the company reached an agreement to be bought by Tesla CEO Elon Musk for $44 billion, he tweeted that the deal was “temporarily suspended” and that a long delay or cancellation could renew the deal. importance of the annual meeting where two directors are up for election. .

“We cannot assume the deal will go through,” a DiNapoli spokesperson said.

Meta said he quickly called the shooting a “terrorist attack” which triggered a process to delete the suspect’s account and other material. “We have teams working around the clock on Meta to identify, remove and block violent content related to the shooting,” Meta said in a statement sent by a representative.

Dolores W. Simon