A GOP congresswoman said Facebook, Google, and Twitter's platforms 'are my biggest fear as a parent'
- A GOP congresswoman said
- The comment was made during a congressional hearing about online
- The CEOs of these companies are testifying to defend their companies
Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington said Facebook, Twitter, and Google's platforms are "my biggest fear as a parent."The comment was made during a congressional hearing on misinformation, one that was scheduled after internet platforms have grappled with both misinformation and disinformation, or misleading content that is deliberately spread.
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The CEOs of Twitter, Google, and Facebook are testifying in Thursday's hearing to discuss their role in the proliferation of misinformation online, namely, disinformation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 presidential election, and the January 6 US Capitol siege.Internet platforms have faced mounting scrutiny in the past year to police false information on their websites. The companies have cracked down on former President Donald Trump as well - Twitter began adding fact-check labels to his tweets in May 2020, fueling an ongoing debate around alleged conservative discrimination online.
Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, and Mark Zuckerberg have become well-versed in appearing before Congress since last July, when they as well as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testified at a congressional antitrust hearing. But this hearing is their first since President Joe Biden was sworn into office. It's also the first since the January 6 insurrection, when pro-Trump extremists stormed the US Capitol building. Those rioters were found to have organized on platforms like Facebook weeks in advance.
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