The chief executives of Facebook and Twitter are set to testify earlier than a congressional listening to on Tuesday that can discover their content material moderation practices as Republicans accuse social media corporations of censoring conservative speech.
In October, Republican lawmakers on the US Senate Judiciary committee voted unanimously to approve formal summons for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
Democrats on the panel didn’t vote on the subpoena. The subpoenas have been accepted proper after the social media platforms determined to dam tales from the New York Post that made claims in regards to the son of then Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Tuesday’s listening to is anticipated to be extremely political.
Mr Zuckerberg and Mr Dorsey together with Alphabet-owned Google’s Sundar Pichai additionally appeared earlier than the Senate Commerce Committee in October for a listening to the place Republican lawmakers questioned the businesses about their content material moderation choices.
The listening to rapidly become a political combat with lawmakers attacking one another.
Upset over the businesses’ determination on what to depart on the platform and what to take down, many Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump have threatened to remove protections for web corporations underneath a federal legislation known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The legislation protects corporations from getting sued over materials customers put up on their platforms.
Biden, now President-elect, has additionally stated he favors repealing Section 230.
Congressional Democrats, nonetheless, choose a extra deliberate method to reforming the legislation.
At the listening to in October, Twitter’s Dorsey stated that eroding Section 230 may considerably harm how individuals talk on-line.
Mr Zuckerberg stated he helps altering the legislation but additionally stated that tech platforms have been prone to censor extra to keep away from authorized dangers if the legislation is repealed.