CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter are all willing to testify before Congress regarding social media regulation on October 28.
Facebook’s spokesperson has confirmed Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance to a local news agency. Twitter has also announced CEO Jack Dorsey’s appearance in a tweet. In addition to this, an international news reporter Tony Romm tweeted on Friday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, are willing to testify.
According to the international news agency, One focus will be the legal protections they enjoy regarding what they leave up and take down on their platforms.
The court is likely to challenge them over controversies regarding privacy and misinformation as well.
Republicans and Democrats on the committee voted to call the chief executives.
However, some Republican members are likely to speak about the alleged censorship of conservative views online, while Democrats focus on competition and misinformation.
“There has never been such an aggregation of power in the history of humankind as big tech enjoys today, with money and monopoly, power and the hubris that comes with the unchecked use of power,” Republican Senator Ted Cruz said following the vote.
Social media forums and other websites are currently protected from prosecution under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
This implies that these forums are not liable for what is posted by their users if they take things down once notified, unlike traditional newspaper publishers.
However, President Donald Trump had argued that it should no longer apply if social networks were engaged in “an editorial role” – such as when Twitter began adding warnings and labels to some of the president’s tweets.
Trump’s rival Joe Biden has earlier said that Section 230 should be revoked, but for different reasons – what he called “propagating falsehoods”.