The CEOs of Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter will testify at the U.S. House of Representatives panel meeting on March 25 that “misinformation and false information plague online platforms.”

The House Energy and Business Subcommittee will hold a fully remote joint hearing that will include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg), Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (Jack Dorsey) Dorsey), because Congress is considering whether to legally protect social media companies.

The Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee said: “Whether it is false reports about the COVID-19 vaccine or false allegations of election fraud, these online platforms have allowed misinformation to spread, exacerbated the national crisis, and brought reality to public health and safety. Serious consequences,” said Frank Pallone, chairperson of the two subcommittees, and representatives Mike Doyle and Jan Schakowsky in a joint statement.

They added: “For a long time, large technologies have failed to recognize their role in initiating and blatantly providing false information to online audiences. Industry self-regulation has failed.”

Since 2018, this will be the seventh time Zuckerberg has testified before Congress.

Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said that the company appears to be “discussing the challenges faced by online platforms, we are dealing with them, and reiterating our belief that the company should not do everything on its own These decisions.”

A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment, but this will be Dorsey’s fifth appearance before Congress.

Some lawmakers believe that Congress should revoke or amend the 1996 liability shield against social media companies (Section 230).

In addition, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, the content is “false information and extremism spread by traditional news media.”

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The House Antitrust Judicial Subcommittee said on Thursday that it will start a series of hearings next week to consider legislative proposals to address “the abuse and abuse of online market power and modernize antitrust laws.” Large technology company.
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