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Green Groups Ask Social Media to Disclose Effort on Climate Lies

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Several environmental groups are calling on Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook, Google, Twitter Inc. and other social media companies to treat inaccurate posts about climate change as harmful content akin to hate speech and lies about Covid-19. 

In a letter released Tuesday, the advocacy groups asked the companies, as well as ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok and Pinterest Inc., to disclose more about how they handle “climate disinformation.” Specifically, the letter calls on the companies to report this content category under Europe’s new Digital Services Act, which tracks how platforms moderate illegal and harmful media, imposing fines if they don’t meet certain criteria.