Sun. Mar 7th, 2021

New Delhi: Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey are in talks with the House of Representatives lawmakers and are likely to testify at hearing early next month, a politco article reported of Friday, though the report said that the focus of the hearing is not clear. The date also, of this hearing has not been set but could be in early March the report added.
According to the report, the appearance of the Facebook and Twitter CEOs could be contingent on them testifying jointly alongside Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google and its parent company, Alphabet Inc.

Citing two people, the report said that Facebook has discussed making its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, available to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Similarly, Twitter and its chief, Jack Dorsey, have discussed the same, Politico said, citing one person.

According to a Reuters report, Facebook, Google and Twitter did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for a comment. The House Energy and Commerce Committee declined to comment.

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Last October, all three excutives appeared at a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee in October. Republican lawmakers questioned them about their content moderation decisions while Democrats primarily focused on insufficient actions against misinformation that interfered with the election. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That rule protects tech companies from liability over the content posted by users on their online services, while allowing them to moderate it. The hearing also covered the topics of privacy and “media domination.”

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