October 30, 2020

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The Senate calls the top executives on Facebook, Google and Twitter

The Senate calls the top executives on Facebook, Google and Twitter


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A large committee of the US Senate on Thursday agreed to sue top executives at technology giants Facebook, Google and Twitter. You have to prove legal protection, which is of crucial importance for the business model of the online platforms.

Washington is concerned about the growing power of the three companies ahead of the US election in November. Companies are still protected from complaints about the content that users post on the platforms.

According to the chairman of the committee, in light of the election, it is “absolutely necessary” that the committee and the American people receive “full accountability” from top executives for “their moderation practices” on published posts.

The Senate has summoned Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter) after failing to negotiate an agreement on voluntary testimony before the Senate Trade Commission.

The committee would also like to question the companies about a Federal Data Protection Act and the merging of parts of the company.