The teachers’ union has called on social media companies to stop misinformation and violent tendencies.
From viral trends on social mediaIn which students stole school supplies in order to get the wrong information regarding the ideology of the important race, these are some of the new problems facing the country. Now America’s largest teachers’ union is urging social media platforms to stop the problems from spreading.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal on Friday, Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, sent a letter to TikTuk, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about the issues facing schools. The letter outlines the challenges facing schools so far this year and urges companies to “prioritize the protection of people over profit.”
“Your companies have both the power and the responsibility to eliminate misinformation and violent tendencies for the sake of public information and the future of democracy,” Pringle said. To that end, we demand that your companies make a public commitment to students, teachers and their families to correct lies and to correct your algorithm to the benefit of public safety.
The two issues raised in the letter are “satanic licking” viral trends and misinformation. The first, which began last month, involved students randomly stealing school supplies such as watches, microscopes and soap dispensers. According to the Urban Dictionary, students will complain about their “licking” on Tik Tak – “a successful form of theft that results in an acceptable, impressive and lucrative salary for the main character”. In response, the platform began removing trendy content and tags.
Critical race theory – an educational concept that says racism permeates the legal system and policies – has become a hot topic in school board meetings. In some districts, parents shout and beat teachers and school board members over the issue, although it is up to the state legislature to decide whether it is taught or not. There has also been a growing number of parental attacks and threats on school policies regarding masks and other COVID-19 policies.
A Twitter spokesman confirmed that he had received the letter and intended to respond. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment. Tik Tok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.