Ocasio-Cortez: Congress looking at ‘media literacy’ to rein in ‘disinformation’
January 14, 2021
During an hour-long Instagram Live Q&A, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said that Congress is discussing media literacy initiatives in the aftermath of the riots on Capitol Hill last week, which was driven by disinformation.
“I do think that several members of Congress and some of my discussions have brought up media literacy because that is a part of what happened here,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“And we’re going to have to figure out how we rein in our media environment so that you can’t just spew disinformation and misinformation. It’s one thing to have differing opinions, but it’s another thing entirely to just say things that are false.”
Democrats and liberals alike have cheered the decision by social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat, which have either temporarily banned President Donald Trump from using their services or permanently banned him because of what the services said in one form or another was the risk that he could incite violence in advance of the inauguration next week.
They have taken this action even though there is no evidence that Trump was responsible for the criminal actions taken by a handful of his supporters at the Capitol building.
Ocasio-Cortez did not specify what the committee would do or who they would target, but it’s safe to say it won’t include any of the liberal media outlets, no matter how inaccurate they may be.