Messaging Apps to go under Scrutiny for Spanish Disinformation

Democrats are pushing an initiative in the United States Congress to combat the spread of Spanish-language disinformation in messaging apps. Spanish-language disinformation has raised concerns as it seems more pervasive because it goes unchecked longer and targets a population that tends to be online more. According to a 2021 poll, Latino respondents whose primary language spoken at home is Spanish, 66% received wrong or harmful information about the coronavirus vaccine through messaging apps. Lawmakers suggested that companies should increase access to fact-checking organizations across languages, and hire staff who have the “necessary cultural context” to address Spanish-language disinformation. They also stressed that the messaging apps do not have to compromise user privacy or the integrity of private communication when addressing the spread of Spanish-language disinformation.