The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google will soon appear before the Congress once again. Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai agreed to testify at the House Energy and Trade Committee’s hearing on 25 March.
The hearing will focus on “misinformation and disinformation disturbing online platforms” in the 2020 elections, including the companies handling false information about Covid-19 vaccines.
Committee chairs made statements about the hearing
According to the committee chairs’ statement regarding the hearing, the hearing will continue the committee’s efforts to hold online platforms responsible for the growing increase in misinformation and disinformation.
Making a statement on the subject, the Committee chairmen evaluate the hearing as follows;
“Whether it’s the lies about the COVID-19 vaccine or the refutation of election fraud claims, these online platforms have led to the spread of false information, intensifying national crises with real life, with dire consequences for public health and safety.” said.
The chairmen of the committee, who also expressed their statements about the hearing, said, “This hearing will continue the efforts of the committee to hold online platforms responsible for the increase of misinformation and disinformation. For a very long time, big tech has not been able to acknowledge the role they played in promoting and promoting blatant misinformation for their online audience. Industry self-check failed. We need to start working on changing the incentives that encourage social media companies to allow and even encourage misinformation and disinformation. ” made the statement.