Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies earlier than the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law throughout a listening to on “Online Platforms and Market Power”, within the Rayburn House workplace Building on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2020.
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The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to testify earlier than the Senate Commerce Committee on Oct. 28.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That rule protects tech firms from legal responsibility over the content material posted by customers on their on-line companies, whereas permitting them to average it. The listening to can even cowl the matters of privateness and “media domination.”
The settlement comes after the committee on Thursday voted unanimously to subpoena the CEOs if vital.
Republicans have repeatedly known as to reform Section 230 in response to considerations that on-line platforms like Facebook, Google’s YouTube, and Twitter censor conservative voices. The platforms have repeatedly denied that they suppress conservative viewpoints or information, however the platforms have sometimes made errors or reversed course on take-down choices, fueling additional criticism.
In May, President Donald Trump challenged Section 230 by signing an govt order to crack down on “censorship” by social media firms.
Twitter confirmed Dorsey would take part within the listening to by way of a tweet Friday night. A Facebook spokesman confirmed Zuckerberg’s participation. A spokeswoman for the committee confirmed all three would take part on that date.
The listening to will probably be Zuckerberg and Pichai’s first look earlier than Congress for the reason that two testified alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos earlier than the House Antitrust Subcommittee in July.
—CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report.