In 2021, misinformation continues to spread unchecked. A lack of transparency into who is seeing political content threatens our ability to make the changes we need for a healthier internet, and contributes to ever polarized political beliefs. But it's not all doom and gloom. Here are some things you should know, and things you can do ahead of the 2021 Bundestag election.
Earlier this year, Mozilla and 37,380 YouTube users conducted a study to better understand harmful YouTube recommendations, using the RegretsReporter browser extension. We now know that YouTube is recommending videos that violate their very own content policies and harm people around the world — and that needs to stop.
Download the RegretsReporter extension and help us advocate for urgent action from German policymakers and the public.
TikTok may be ahead of the trends when it comes to viral hashtag challenges, but they’re falling dangerously behind other social media platforms when it comes to advertising transparency.
Our research in the US revealed that TikTok is teeming with political content from paid influencers, and that it’s all hidden from view.
If you’re a TikTok user in Germany, you can help us uncover how TikTok is enforcing its policies on political advertising by joining the TikTok Citizen Tipline. Are you seeing a political ad in spite of TikTok’s ban? Or other shady behavior by political groups and influencers that’s gone unnoticed? Simply send the TikTok video directly to Mozilla’s TikTok account via direct message.
In this panel, Julie Owono moderates a conversation between three election and policy experts to highlight what they think platforms need to do differently in Germany's election, and what that means for elections around the world.