Misinformation on Spanish-language media about voter fraud, the pandemic, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens to harm Latino communities during this fall’s midterm elections.
The Federal Communications Commission is charged with regulating broadcasters but has done little to address the problem, which Democrats say hurt them in 2020 and has gotten worse since then. The agency historically has avoided moderating content, citing the potential for chilling free speech.
“If we don’t do something about this, it will have a negative impact on the 2022 elections,” said former Rep. Debbie Murcasel-Powell (D-Fla.). She cites disinformation, including allegations tying her to communism, as a major reason for her loss in 2020 to Republican Rep. Carlos Gimenez, then Miami-Dade County’s mayor.