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Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs face off with lawmakers


From left: Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The CEOs of Facebook , Google and Twitter are facing off at a hearing Thursday with US lawmakers who’ve criticized the tech giants for not doing enough to combat misinformation on their platforms.

“You have the means, but time after time you are picking engagement and profit over the health and safety of your users, our nation and our democracy,” Rep. Mike Doyle, a Pennsylvania Democrat who chairs the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said during the hearing. The subcommittee is holding the session, labeled Disinformation Nation: Social Media’s Role in Promoting Extremism and Disinformation , with the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. Editors’ top picks

The event comes as lawmakers explore new regulation, including changing Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a law that shields online companies from liability for content posted by their users. Social media sites have battled an avalanche of online lies, including falsehoods about the coronavirus , the recent US presidential election, and the deadly assault on the US Capitol in January. While they’ve stepped up efforts to address this problem, lawmakers, politicians, activists and […]

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