Monday Brief for 22 March 2021
Five Questions Congress Should Ask Tech CEOs
What’s New: On Thursday, two subcommittees of the House Energy & Commerce Committee are teaming up to discuss “the misinformation and disinformation plaguing online platforms.”
Why This Matters: This is the first time Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be testifying since 6 January insurrections at the U.S. Capitol — an attack spurred on by digital and offline disinformation campaigns about the 2020 presidential election.
“This hearing will continue the Committee’s work of holding online platforms accountable for the growing rise of misinformation and disinformation,” Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and the chairs of the Communications and Technology and Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittees, Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), said in a statement. “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.”