Facebook Users Union attends Netroots Nation
Day 1, Thursday, August 19th, 2022:
BIG TECH’S THREAT TO DEMOCRACY: THE DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD OF SOCIAL MEDIA
Panel; Thu, 08/18/2022 – 11:00am (Eastern), 305
While many activists rely on Big Tech tools to organize, social media poses an existential threat to democracy. From January 6 to anti-mask protests, the impact of growing radicalization and extremism driven by Big Tech is evident in the U.S. and beyond. As disinformation on social media has spread around the world, we face a growing global crisis of confidence in democratic values spurred by algorithmic pursuit of endless corporate profit. This panel will discuss possible solutions to preserve election integrity beyond just the U.S. elections in 2022, including how we can embrace digital organizing more safely with or without Big Tech’s tools. We must hold Big Tech to account—and to do so, we must recognize realistic alternatives to the current toxic business model.
Led by: Kaili Lambe
Panelists: Rose Lang-Maso, Sofia Ongele, Rafael Shimunov, Brittany Williams (FUU Organizer)
Day 2, Friday, August 20th, 2022:
Facebook Users Union (FUU People Power) organized an action and speak out in front of Meta’s booth to call attention to Meta’s role in criminalizing users for seeking abortions and aiding genocide in the Global south.
Special shout-out to Free Press and the Athena Coalition for their support in organizing the event and a special shoutout to Netroots attendees for joining us in action.
Day 3, Saturday, August 21st, 2022:
Conference Attendees confront Facebook at the nation’s largest progressive gathering, Netroots Nation.
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