Tech CEOs Square Off With Senators in Hearing Over Online Speech


Dorsey, Pichai and Zuckerberg reject accusations of bias as lawmakers ask them to explain how they monitor political content

Chiefs of the largest social-media companies tangled with U.S. senators over their role in public discourse amid a contentious election that has stoked bipartisan criticism of the companies’ policies.

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter Inc. CEO Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and YouTube owner Alphabet Inc., have spent the years since the 2016 election rewriting their policies and taking a more active role in moderating online speech—in part to avoid a spotlight like the one placed on them Wednesday.

Instead, the Senate Commerce Committee hearing reflected deep discontent with social-media platforms’ power and equally deep divisions about how to address it.

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Ryan Tracy and John D. McKinnon – Wall Street Journal – October 28, 2020.

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