House Lawmakers to Question Facebook, Alphabet, Twitter Over Political Bias and Censorship

Eric Lieberman | Tech and Law Reporter

The House Judiciary Committee is set to question the biggest social media companies Tuesday on their social media filtering practices, which will likely lead to accusations of political bias from Republican lawmakers

Top executives for Google, Facebook, and YouTube will be present to testify.

“The advent of social media has made it possible for people to connect across continents, explore vast amounts of information, and share meaningful dialogue with friends and strangers,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a statement. “However, this same technology can be used to suppress a particular viewpoint and manipulate public opinion.” (RELATED: Are Faulty Algorithms, Not Liberal Bias, To Blame For Google’s Fact-Checking Mess?)

The hearing will be similar to another one held in April, but many representatives were not present at the time.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted in a hearing before the Senate that Facebook is a left-leaning place. The same could probably be said of Twitter and Google parent company Alphabet, but all promise to not make decisions based on ideology and politics. (RELATED: Facebook Censored A Post With The Declaration Of Independence Text. Now Says Sorry)

“I am pleased that the leading social media companies have agreed to send content management experts to answer questions on their content moderation practices,” Goodlatte continued, “and how they can be better stewards of free speech in the United States and abroad.”

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