THE CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter will all have to testify before the US Congress for a hearing on digital misinformation.
That means Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google’s Sundar Pichai will all have to take to the stand.
It’s not the fist time that Zuckerberg has been forced to defend Facebook’s policiesCredit: AP:Associated Press
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is holding the hearing next month.
Zuckerberg and Dorsey already had to defend their policies to a Senate Judiciary Committee back in November.
That hearing was regarding how the platforms moderated content in the run up to the 2020 presidential election.
The upcoming digital misinformation hearing will take place on March 25.
Twitter’s Dorsey appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee in November 2020Credit: AFP
Google’s Sundar Pichai will also have to testifyCredit: Getty – Contributor
The committee chairs revealed that the three big tech CEOs would be tesitfying in an official statement.
The statement explained: “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.”
It continued: “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.”
Facebook, Google, and Twitter have all faced even more scrutiny since the role social media played in the storming of the Capitol building earlier this year.
Facebook’s biggest cyber-security mistakes
Here’s some of the major times Facebook let us down…
- In 2007, Facebook’s first targetted advertising product, Beacon, caused outrage because there was initally no opt-in option about the kinds of information users wanted to share
- In 2009, a Federal Trade Commission investigation was triggered because Facebook users complained that the new privacy tools were too confusing and pushed users to make more of their personal information public
- In 2010, it was revealed that advertisers were using a privacy loophole to retrieve revealing personal information about Facebook users and the company had to change its software
- In 2011, the FTC charged Facebook with lying to customers about how their information could be kept private but making it public anyway
- 2018 saw Facebook’s biggest privacy scandal to date with reports that Cambridge Analytica misused user data and Facebook had to admit that it had failed to protect its users
In other news, Amazon is working on a new virtual currency that users could spend on its platforms.
Tracking pixels in standard emails many of us receive everyday have been blasted as a “grotesque invasion of privacy”.
And, Apple user can now pay with Bitcoin on their iPhones.
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