Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies earlier than the Home Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Business and Administrative Legislation throughout a listening to on “On-line Platforms and Market Energy”, within the Rayburn Home workplace Constructing on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., July 29, 2020.

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The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to testify earlier than the Senate Commerce Committee on Oct. 28. 

Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will testify on Part 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That rule protects tech firms from legal responsibility over the content material posted by customers on their on-line providers, whereas permitting them to average it. The listening to may also cowl the subjects of privateness and “media domination.”

The settlement comes after the committee on Thursday voted unanimously to subpoena the CEOs if essential.

Republicans have repeatedly referred to as to reform Part 230 in response to considerations that on-line platforms like Fb, Google’s YouTube, and Twitter censor conservative voices. The platforms have repeatedly denied that they suppress conservative viewpoints or information, however the platforms have sometimes made errors or reversed course on take-down selections, fueling additional criticism.

In Could, President Donald Trump challenged Part 230 by signing an executive order to crack down on “censorship” by social media firms.

Twitter confirmed Dorsey would take part within the listening to via a tweet Friday night. A Fb spokesman confirmed Zuckerberg’s participation. A spokeswoman for the committee confirmed all three would take part on that date. 

The listening to will likely be Zuckerberg and Pichai’s first look earlier than Congress for the reason that two testified alongside Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos earlier than the Home Antitrust Subcommittee in July.

CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report. 


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