Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and Facebook officials are making their way back to the nation’s capital next week. If everything goes according to plan, it is expected that a number of representatives from the tech firms will soon be testifying before the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce. And Transportation and they will be tasked with presenting the various measures that the companies have been putting in place towards combating extremist content online.
The hearing is titled ‘Terrorism and Social Media’ and there will be great need to establish whether or not the social media giants have been doing enough in line with improving their platforms.
A short while back, the companies’ lawyers were put in a ‘hot seat ‘by several lawmakers who grilled them over the ads that were bought by Russians in the course of the previous lections held in the United States.
Several Russian officials came out strongly to dismiss the rumors in circulation asserting that they had not in any way meddled in the U.S election. It is a matter that continues eliciting different reactions in countries around the globe. A large number of the Silicon Valley tech firmscan’t to this point in time see establish just how the technology they have been using over the years could be used to create divisions.
It was last week when the CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg made a statement asserting that 2018 would be a year of major changes. He vowed to do all within his means to ensure that most of the issues plaguing the social media site were well dealt with. He said that he has never in his life embraced messages of hate or the act of interfering with democracies.
Twitter has been struggling with numerous challenges but it has managed to strike a proper balance all along. Back in September, it went ahead to declare that it had succeeded at suspending about 299,649 accounts.
According to the social media giant, all the terminated accounts had been promoting terrorism and intolerance. The lawmakers have however been forbidden from making any moves that would appear like they are questioning the CEOs.