CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, Google Face Grilling Over Anti-Conservative Bias By Republican Senators
The Senate Commerce Committee called on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Google's Sundar Pichai to testify at Wednesday's hearing.
Officials at Twitter, Facebook, and Google have faced bitterness from Republican senators, who have falsely claimed that tech giants are showing anti-conservative bias. The Senate Business Committee has invited Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Google's Sundar Pichai for a hearing on Wednesday.
As the presidential election approaches, President Donald Trump’s Republicans have filed a strong stream of complaints against social media platform Big Tech, accusing them of not taking deliberate action against conservatives, religious and anti-abortion.
Protests intensified this month after Facebook and Twitter banned the publication of the New York Post conservative political article without fail about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in unprecedented action against mainstream media outlets. The story mentions a confirmed email leaked from Biden's son Hunter by Trump aides, which is not confirmed by other publications.
Senators are not only expected to interview CEOs but will also consider proposals to improve long-term legal protections for online language. Critics on both sides say the immune system allows companies to absolve themselves of the responsibility of showing the impartiality of the material.
The Department of Justice has called on Congress to remove some of the basic protections that tech companies have traditionally defended against legal liability for what people post on their platforms. Trump signed an executive order questioning the protection of law enforcement under the Telecommunications Act 1 1996 1996.
Roger Wicker, a Republican senator and chairman of the trade committee, said, "Social media platforms have long been hiding behind Article 200 protection of censorship content that deviates from their trust."
Zuckerberg said Congress should update the law to ensure it is implemented properly. "We don't think tech companies will have to make a lot of decisions on these important issues," he said, supporting the active role of government regulators. However, Dorsey and Pichai were cautious when making the change. "Violation of Article 200 will put more pressure on online discourses and severely limit our collective ability to fight malicious content and keep people safe online," Dorsey said.
Pichai appealed to the MLAs to be very vigilant about the changes in Section 2 changes and to be aware of the consequences of these changes to business and consumers.
Deputy Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote a letter to congress party leaders on Tuesday saying recent events have made the change more urgent. He noted the actions taken by Twitter and Facebook in the context of the New York Post's history and noted that there were differences between the two companies. The head of the independent agency of the Federal Communications Commission recently announced plans to revise legal measures and possibly end Trump's mandate and pave the way for new rules. The work done by Ajit Pai, the president of the FCC appointed by Trump, was an important position in the previous position of the agency.
Efforts to control election imperfections are also being scrutinized by social media giants. Twitter and Facebook marked the president’s content with nearly 80 million members. Trump pointed to the unfounded possibility of large-scale mail-order fraud.
As of Tuesday, Facebook had not accepted any new political announcements. Previously booked political announcements may be posted before polling closes next Tuesday. All political ads will be temporarily blocked. Google, which owns YouTube, is also shutting down political ads after the polls closed. Last year, Twitter banned all political advertising.
Democrats focused their criticism on social media