On Tuesday, the U.S. House Intelligence Committee announced that executives from Facebook, Alphabet Inc. and Twitter will attend hearings on foreign influence and election security on Thursday. The committee said the remote hearing would discuss the tech industry’s conduct since the 2016 U.S. election, state-sponsored disinformation and other related issues. The U.S. is due to hold a presidential election on November 3rd.
In addition, the hearing will focus on the outbreak of the new crown virus and the spread of false information during recent protests against racism and the police. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of security policy, Nick Pickles, Twitter’s director of global public policy strategy and development, and Richard Salgado, Google’s director of law enforcement and information security, will all attend.
The House hearing comes amid growing public doubts about the ability of social media companies to make the right decisions about what should be allowed on their platforms, let alone the right choices.
Twitter and Facebook are at odds over how to handle inflammatory posts by U.S. President Donald Trump, adding to the controversy over content censoring. Trump, meanwhile, has in turn accused social media companies of censorship.