Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Twitter’s new CEO and hundreds of others are all facing a series of lawsuits over the use of bots and trolls to spread misinformation online.
These companies are facing a barrage of legal threats and a lawsuit from Russia’s federal prosecutor, but none of them have any plans to shut down their services.
The legal battles over online misinformation are expected to take years, but one group of tech companies are finally starting to take a stand against the problem, with a series that is being developed for tv shows.
“We are working on a platform to make it easy to filter out the bad stuff,” said Jason Ritchie, VP of content marketing for TV show The Office.
With so many social media companies operating as bots, it’s no wonder that some companies have had to take steps to keep their sites clean.
Last year, Facebook suspended some social media accounts for breaking its rules, including those promoting terrorism, for a year, but it’s unclear whether this is the first time the company has banned bots from its platforms.
For example, in 2016, Twitter suspended more than 150 accounts for sharing content from Russian and Ukrainian propaganda sites.
Twitter has since banned more than 300,000 accounts, many of which were associated with Russia.
Ritchie, who also created the app, said that The Office would use the app to let people who have trouble accessing social media filters to see which content is from bad sources.
It will also give people who don’t have the time or resources to monitor all their social media to do so.
The app also will let users flag content that’s being promoted by Russian propaganda sites that have been banned from their platforms.
“The app is designed to be an effective tool to help users identify bad content before they post it on social media,” Ritchie said.
“By making it easier to flag bad content on social networks, we are able to take down misinformation quickly.”
The app was created by Ritchie and a group of former students from Stanford University, but he’s also working on creating a similar app for children, Ritchie told TechCrunch.
Users can choose from a variety of themes, including one that features the show’s main character, Kevin Spacey.