Republicans have a new line of attack against the social media giants

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House Republicans were less fixated on conservative ‘censorship’ at this week’s misinformation hearing and instead confronted the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google with how their products harm families. In past Congressional hearings about the content moderation practices of big tech companies, Republican lawmakers have been fixated on complaints that Silicon Valley censors conservative viewpoints, a claim that studies have revealed to be false . But a very different GOP showed up Thursday to question the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter in a hearing on misinformation in front of the joint subcommittees of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Republicans questioned the witnesses on a far wider variety of issues, many of which aligned with the interests of Democrats. Read Full Story

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Jack Dorsey takes leaf out of Zuckerberg’s book, says Twitter has no influence on elections

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Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing has turned into a Congressional grilling. Wednesday’s Big Tech Senate hearing —which convened the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google to discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—quickly morphed into an opportunity for Congress to grill Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey on either their overzealous (if you ask Republicans) or underwhelming (per Democrats) content moderation on social media. Read Full Story

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That guy yelling during the antitrust hearing this week? Google funds him

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In the antitrust hearing this week, Rep. Jim Jordan hectored Google CEO Sundar Pichai about rigging search results to help Democrats and hurt conservatives. Who would have known that Jordan is Pichai’s beneficiary? When the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee hosted the big tech CEOs earlier this week, the hearing veered off into chaos several times. Each time it was caused by the hysterics of the GOP’s resident attack dog, Jim Jordan of Ohio. Read Full Story

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Big Tech CEOs face Congress: Here’s how Facebook, Twitter, and Google say they’re fighting extremism

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The social media giants are under the spotlight again. Under the spotlight again, the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google are testifying in Congress today about how their social media behemoths are combating the types of extremist content that leads to misinformation campaigns, such as the theory that COVID-19 is a hoax or that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Read Full Story

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Facebook eased fact-checking rules for conservative pages, report says

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A report from NBC News says that Facebook isn’t following its rules around misinformation for right-leaning users. A new report from NBC News shows that Facebook employees gave conservative pages a pass for sharing misinformation, flouting its own rules. The news comes months after reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hosting off the record dinners with conservative journalists in attempts to ameliorate concerns that his platform is biased against them. Read Full Story

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Big Tech no longer sees its customers as humans–antitrust could change that

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Tech giants like Amazon and Facebook have lost sight of the people behind the data points. Antitrust regulation may be the best way to return empathy to tech. Big Tech CEOs—Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai of Google, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—testified yesterday before the U.S. House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee. I don’t expect much to result from this hearing. Such gatherings are largely theatrical, and yesterday’s was frequently derailed by partisan questions around liberal biases. And then there’s the fact that U.S. antitrust efforts are only a shadow of their former self, narrowly focused on consumer pricing rather than general competitive and societal impact and a far cry from the time of the Standard Oil Company, U.S. Steel Corporation, and AT&T breakups. Read Full Story

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