The CEOs of several major technology companies will testify again before Congress next month, this time to discuss misinformation about their platforms.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will attend members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 25.
In a statement announcing the new hearing, the Chamber’s E&C Committee leaders pointed to false claims about the Covid-19 vaccine and alleged electoral fraud that proliferated on social media platforms.
“For a long time, great technology has failed to recognize the role it played in fostering and elevating blatantly false information to its online audience. Self-regulation in the industry has failed, ”said committee chairman Frank Pallone, DN.J., chairman of communications and technology subcommittee Mike Doyle, D-Pa., And chairman of the consumer and trade protection subcommittee, Jan Schakowsky , D-Ill., In a statement. “We must start working to change the incentives that drive social media companies to allow and even promote disinformation and disinformation.”
Of the three, Zuckerberg made the most appearances in Congress just last year. The March hearing will mark its fourth time testifying before Congress since July. For Pichai and Dorsey, it will be the third in this period.
Last year, Zuckerberg and Pichai appeared before lawmakers for hearings that investigated their competitive behavior and questioned the shield of responsibility that protects their industry. Dorsey also attended the last hearing, as well as alongside Zuckerberg, in front of a different committee on allegations of censorship on their platforms, which they denied.