Pope Francis called on Big Tech to restrict “hate speech” and “fake news” during a Saturday address.
“In the name of God, I ask the technology giants to stop exploiting human weakness, people’s vulnerability, for the sake of profits without caring about the spread of hate speech, grooming, fake news, conspiracy theories, and political manipulation,” he said.
The pontiff gave a video address to the World Meeting of Popular Movements, an organization with the purpose "to create an ‘encounter’ between Church leadership and grassroots organizations working to address the ‘economy of exclusion and inequality’ by working for structural changes that promote social, economic and racial justice.”
His admonition of social media companies was part of a litany of suggestions and pleas to avoid a “future of exclusion and inequality.”
The pontiff called for universal basic income, shortened workdays, the end of media “disinformation," the abolition of the weapons industry, the release of patients from vaccine manufacturers, and for countries to avoid “neo-colonialism.”
Pope Francis additionally praised those who protested the killing of George Floyd by police as having the spirit of “collective” Good Samaritans.
“I persist in my pestering,” he said. “It is necessary to confront together the populist discourses of intolerance, xenophobia, and aporophobia, which is hatred of the poor. Like everything that leads us to indifference, meritocracy, and individualism, these narratives only serve to divide our peoples, and to undermine and nullify our poetic capacity, the capacity to dream together.”
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Original Author: Virginia Aabram