Brazil, Kenya, the US – tech giants are putting democracy in peril the world over | Odanga Madung

Billions of us are due to vote in the next two years as the scourge of online misinformation grows ever worse. It’s time to regulate

As we look back on the erosion of democracy in recent years, it is becoming increasingly clear that technology platforms are playing a significant role in its downfall. The ability to incite insurrections and coups through these platforms has made a once difficult task alarmingly easy.

The dangers information pollution pose for democracy have long been acknowledged by civil society actors and regulators, but the storming of Brazil’s presidential palace earlier this month serves as a sobering reminder of just how real these dangers have become. More than 1,200 people were arrested in Brazil for attempting a military coup.

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