US Congress Asks Big Tech to Document Russian War Crimes

At least four Democratic lawmakers requested the CEOs of YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook owner Meta to archive content to use as evidence of suspected Russian war crimes in Ukraine on Thursday.

In a press release from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, representatives Carolyn Maloney, chair of the Oversight Committee; Gregory Meeks, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Stephen Lynch, chair of the Oversight and Reform subcommittee on national security; and Bill Keating, chair of the subcommittee in Europe, signed the letters to YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Meta.

“We are concerned that the processes by which social media platforms take down or block this content—including through automated and artificial intelligence-enabled systems—can result in the unintentional removal and permanent deletion of content that could be used as evidence of potential human rights violations such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide,” the representatives’ statement said.

The subcommittee members specifically asked YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Meta to flag or mark content containing potential evidence of war crimes and other atrocities.

The Democrats also requested YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, and Meta to ensure the Russia-Ukraine war content is available to international human rights investigators following relevant privacy laws and regulations.

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