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While “big tech” has received the lion’s share of criticism for doing too little to combat disinformation in recent years, less talked about has been the role traditional cable TV giants play in circulating dangerous, bad faith nonsense. Especially in an era where “news” empires like Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax are all engaged in a race to the bottom.
Hoping to shift some attention to the role these cable and streaming TV companies are playing in our information apocalypse in the wake of the Capitol riots, Representatives Anna Eshoo and Jerry McNerney fired off a series of letters on Monday to the CEOs of AT&T, Verizon, Cox, Altice, Comcast, Dish, Charter (Spectrum), Roku, Apple, Google, and Hulu.