The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter are said to be in talks with House of Representatives lawmakers to testify at a hearing as early as next month, the Politico website has reported citing people familiar with the plans.
The exact focus of the hearing is not yet clear, the report said.
Facebook has discussed making its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg available to appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the report added, citing two people. Twitter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey, have discussed the same, Politico said, citing one person.
According to the report, the appearance of the notable Twitter and Facebook CEOs could be contingent on them testifying jointly alongside Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet.
A firm date has not yet been set for hearing, but it could come as early as March, the report said, citing sources.
Facebook, Google and Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for a comment by journalists at our partner news agency Reuters. The House Energy and Commerce Committee declined to comment.
All three CEO’s appeared at a contentious hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee in October of last year. GOP lawmakers questioned them about their content moderation decisions while Democrats primarily focused on insufficient actions against misinformation that interfered with the election.
Comment: Lets hope that this time, the politicians revert from the partisan grandstanding we saw last time and instead take ask serious questions of the businesses the CEO’s represent. On the part of the CEO’s, lets hope that they adequately answer a higher proportion of the questions posed.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Translation from English to other languages via Google Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru. Editing by Leslie Adler. Comment by Rob Phillips.
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