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Big Tech is being trotted out in front of Congress again.
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced the hearing will feature appearances from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
The hearing, due to take place on March 25, will focus on misinformation and disinformation.
The committee chairs said in a statement: “Whether it be falsehoods about the COVID-19 vaccine or debunked claims of election fraud, these online platforms have allowed misinformation to spread, intensifying national crises with real-life, grim consequences for public health and safety.”
They added: “For far too long, big tech has failed to acknowledge the role they’ve played in fomenting and elevating blatantly false information to its online audiences. Industry self-regulation has failed. We must begin the work of changing incentives driving social media companies to allow and even promote misinformation and disinformation.”
Zuckerberg and Dorsey appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee in November where they defended their moderation policies in the wake of the 2020 presidential election.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter have come under particularly intense scrutiny over misinformation since the January 6 storming of the Capitol building. In late January House Democrats wrote to each company saying they carried some of the blame for the radicalization of the rioters.
Originally published at https://www.businessinsider.com/mark-zuckerberg-jack-dorsey-sundar-pichai-testify-before-congress-march-2021-2 on .