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CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google will appear before the Senate

CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google will appear before the Senate

The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter are scheduled to appear in the US Senate for Oct. 28 regarding companies' control over hate speech and false information on their platforms.
The Senate Commerce Committee last week authorized subpoenas for Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey, to force them to testify if they did not agree to do so voluntarily. Company spokespersons said Monday that the CEOs will cooperate.

The audience must be constructive and focused on what matters most to the American people: how we work together to protect the elections, tweeted Jack Dorsey.

The hearing will be held less than a week before Election Day, scheduled for November 3. It represents a new bipartisan initiative against big tech companies, which have come under increasing scrutiny in Washington and from state prosecutors on competition, consumer privacy and hate speech.

The CEOs' testimony is necessary to reveal the magnitude of the influence their companies have on American discourse during a pivotal moment in our democratic process, said Senator Roger Wicker, who chairs the Commerce Commission.

Facebook, meanwhile, is expanding restrictions on political advertising, including new bans on posts claiming widespread voter fraud. The new measures came out that President Donald Trump raised the possibility of massive fraud in the vote-by-mail process during the first presidential debate held last week with his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

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