The five-hour congressional hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai on the extremist content was not as fruitful as the previous ones.
Democrats questioned the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google in response to their failure to combat the spread of false information about the Corona vaccine and extremism. The subject of the debate was the Republicans but the safety of children. U.S. lawmakers were more likely to hear the “yes” or “no” answer, but the CEOs of the tech giants still evaded as in previous meetings. Of course, the Republicans and Democrats agreed on one thing: introduce new rules to give more control to Facebook, Twitter and Google.
The topic of the meeting was how to manage incorrect information and extremist content on Facebook, Twitter and Google, which has become more important in the wake of the Corona virus epidemic and the congressional incident. “The attack and the movement that nurtured it started on your platforms,” said Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, in his opening remarks. “It was you who suggested the groups, the posts and the videos, and you drove this movement at a terrifying and effective pace.”
Doyle and other Democratic lawmakers, under pressure from Zuckerberg, Dorsey, and Pichai, sought to hold them accountable for the congressional incident. Only Dorsey took some responsibility, but Pichai and Zuckerberg both avoided answering. Of course, Zuckerberg later admitted that his platform hosted the “problematic” content of some of the rioters.
The format of the meeting was such that, as in previous sessions, it was almost impossible to reach clear answers. Many lawmakers sought yes or no answers within five minutes, which Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Pichai refused to answer.
“How annoying it seems they have forgotten the meaning of the words yes or no,” said Anna Eshoo, a California representative who was tired of managers dodging. It got to the point where Billy Long, a representative from Missouri, asked Dorsey, Zuckerberg, and Pichai directly, “Do you know the difference between yes and no?” Dorsey was active on Twitter during the meeting and, in response to Long’s question, sent a poll tweet with a question and answer yes or no.
Unfortunately, the legislators also appeared unplanned in this meeting and repeated themselves, or if an important question was asked, managers were given little time to respond. The result was that the managers’ speeches at the beginning of the meeting were more useful than their speeches 5 hours later.
This meeting, like many previous meetings, did not lead to significant results. But the two parties in the United States agree on one thing, and that is to enact new laws to limit social platforms. The exact nature of these laws is not yet known, but new US President Joe Biden has expressed his desire to repeal Article 230 of the Communications Decency Act. has informed. In addition, Congress and the White House tend to limit tech giants.
Dorsey and Zuckerberg are likely to return to Congress soon to answer the senators ‘questions, and while that meeting does not seem to help solve the problems, it does show Congress’ determination to force the tech giants to change. There has even been talk of creating a new federal agency with legislative power to replace social platforms.