The directors of Facebook, Google and Twitter will appear before the United States Senate Trade Committee, the committee announces on its website. Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey testify about the role of their platforms in the social debate and the responsibility they bear.
Trump and Biden also have trouble with the law
The reason for the questioning is the question of whether a contentious part of the law should be amended. This section, called section 230, states that companies cannot be held responsible for what users do on their online platforms.
In practice, this means that Facebook, Twitter and Google cannot be sued for illegal texts, photos and videos that users upload to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (part of Google).
Section 230 has been criticized by both the Republican and Democratic Parties in the US. There are voices from both camps that the part of the law is outdated and has flaws, although the backgrounds of their positions differ.
The Trump administration hopes that changing the law will make companies like Facebook and Twitter take more responsibility. The US president, who will defend his place in the White House in early November, has regularly been at odds with social media over alleged censorship.
His opponent Joe Biden has also criticized section 230. He said in conversation with early this year The New York Times that the legal article should be repealed completely. According to Biden, section 230 means that Facebook does not feel enough pressure to stop the spread of falsehoods and disinformation.
The hearing of the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google will take place on October 28. The directors will be virtually present due to the corona pandemic. A potential reform of the law is unlikely to take place this year.