Big Tech companies have been getting in the hot seat recently. Coalition for a Safer Web (CSW), a non-partisan, not-for-profit advocacy organization that fights removal of extremist and terrorist incitement from social media platforms is suing Apple for allowing “Telegram to be available in the App store”.
The allegations come after the accusation that Telegram is available for download while Parler is blocked. According to the advocacy organization, Telegram has been used by hate groups and extremists to attack the Capitol.
((( Image 2- Caption- Marc Ginsberg, Coalition for a Safer Web President))))
The Coalition claims that Apple is failing to follow its own policies and guidelines and is allowing Telegram to be used as a platform to intimidate, threaten and coerce the public. After the attack on the Capitol, Apple, Google, Amazon and others cut ties with Parlor for its role in being used to plan and coordinate illegal activities in Washington D.C. The lawsuit against Telegram came shortly after.
This is not the first time that extremist groups have been exposed for using social media to organise a network of hate groups. For the first time in 2020, Facebook disclosed their knowledge of hate speech on the platform. The social media company went on to reveal that between July and September 2020, approximately one in 1,000 pieces of content views included hate speech.
Facebook also said it took action against 22.1 million pieces of hate speech content in a span of three months. Also, CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, said that they removed 250 white supremacist organizations from Facebook and Instagram.
The lawsuit cited a CSW press release from June 2020 that Telegram was being used as a “communications channel for the Russian government and affiliated New-Nazi white nationalist groups, sowing misinformation and racial division in the United States and in Europe.”
As of January 2021, Telegram is available for download on Apple.
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