UN head orders consumer tech companies to take responsibility for harm their products create

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UN head orders consumer tech companies to take responsibility for harm their products create
UN head orders consumer tech companies to take responsibility for harm their products create

Antonio Guterres, the UN’s secretary-general, demanded on Monday that the world’s largest consumer technology corporations take responsibility and “acknowledge the damage your products are inflicting on people and communities.”

The head of the UN, Antonio Guterres, issued a demand on Monday for major consumer technology companies to accept accountability and “acknowledge the damage your products are inflicting on people and communities.” He continued, directing his criticism towards the unnamed firms and their social media accounts: “You have the ability to lessen harm to individuals and communities worldwide. You possess the ability to alter commercial strategies that make money off of misinformation and hatred.” He cautioned that, with women, refugees, migrants, and minorities as regular targets, “opaque algorithms push people into information bubbles and reinforce prejudices, including racism, misogyny, and discrimination of all kinds.”

Speaking at a conference, Guterres introduced a set of global information integrity standards from the UN, which he described as a place to start in the fight against hate speech, misinformation, and disinformation. He continued, “Some stakeholders bear disproportionate responsibility.” For them, I have a clear message: We demand action.” Citing the climate problem, he demanded that public relations firms and marketers cease making money off of damaging information. “Artists, don’t use your skills to promote greenwashing. PR firms should seek out clients who aren’t deceiving the public or endangering the environment, according to the UN’s Guterres. In addition to advising media organizations to “find advertisers who are part of the solution, not the problem” and to increase and enforce editorial standards, he said governments should make a commitment to a free, viable, independent, and plural media landscape.

Governments were also instructed by Guterres to “make sure regulations uphold human rights.” Avoid taking extreme actions, such as shutting down the internet entirely. Observe the freedom of expression and opinion. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy demanded this week that social media apps have a warning label put on them to remind users that the sites have harmed children and teenagers in particular.

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