Platform CEO’s will testify before US Senate committee

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The CEO’s of Facebook, Twitter and Google have agreed to voluntarily testify in a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on October the 28th about an integral law protecting internet businesses.

Facebook and Twitter confirmed late last week that their CEO’s, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, respectively, will appear, and a source has stated that Google’s Sundar Pichai will also appear. That came a day after the committee unanimously voted to approve a plan to subpoena the three CEO’s to appear before the panel.

Twitter’s Dorsey tweeted on Friday the hearing “must be constructive & focused on what matters most to the American people: how we work together to protect elections.”

The Chief Executives will all appear virtually.

In addition to negotiations on reforming the legislation named Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields net employers from liability over content posted by users, the hearing will bring up topics about customer privacy and media consolidation.

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Republican President Trump has made holding the big platform businesses accountable for allegedly stifling conservative voices a theme of the government. As a result, calls for a reform of Section 230 happen to be intensifying ahead of the November the 3rd elections, but there is little prospect of approval from Congress this year.

Last week Trump met with nine Republican state attorneys general to discuss the destiny of Section 230 following the Justice Department issued a legislative proposal aimed at reforming the law.

The panel, which is exploring the way the companies’ practices hurt rivals, is expected to launch its report as soon as next Monday.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson and Nandita Bose. Editing by Sandra Maler, Daniel Wallis and Leslie Adler.

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