Nov. 17 (UPI) — Fb founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify within the Senate on Tuesday to reply questions on how their social platforms dealt with the unfold of knowledge through the 2020 election marketing campaign.
Each platforms took steps to curb the unfold of misinformation for weeks and months earlier than Election Day, a few of which have been criticized by each Democratic and Republican supporters.
Zuckerberg and Dorsey will reply questions from the Senate judiciary committee, starting at 10 a.m. EST Tuesday. The panel listening to is titled, “Censorship, Suppression and the 2020 election.”
The pair is anticipated to be questioned about how their platforms average content material and the way their methods intersected with the 2020 marketing campaign.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies remotely at a listening to on October 28 to debate potential reforms of Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Picture by Michael Reynolds/UPI/Pool
Final month, Republicans on the committee voted 12-Zero to subpoena each CEOs to testify about what they referred to as “suppression” and “censorship” of two articles revealed by the New York Submit in October that contained inflammatory and unproven accusations about President-elect Joe Biden’s son, Hunter.
Fb flagged the article for third-party fact-checking and Twitter initially blocked hyperlinks to the story altogether, however later reversed course.
Tech firms like Fb and Twitter have come underneath elevated scrutiny this 12 months amid accusations of censorship — principally from Republicans, together with President Donald Trump.
Zuckerberg and Dorsey additionally testified within the Senate late final month, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai for a listening to about Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields social platforms from legal responsibility by saying they’re mere conduits for consumer content material and are underneath no obligation to average.
Throughout that listening to, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, notably criticized Dorsey for Twitter’s dealing with of the New York Submit articles.
The panel can be anticipated to ask Zuckerberg and Dorsey about content material moderation insurance policies that might probably affect elections and different strikes to dam info and flag it for fact-checking.
Throughout and past the presidential marketing campaign, Twitter has repeatedly flagged Trump’s tweets that comprise inaccurate or deceptive info. They included tweets wherein he tried to assert victory in key battleground states, in addition to unfounded accusations of voter fraud and misconduct.