(RepublicanPress.org) – Lawmakers from the Senate Judiciary Committee tore into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, demanding answers regarding his platform’s censorship practices during a November 17 hearing. Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) drilled down on a recently revealed whistleblower complaint detailing coordination between big tech companies Facebook, Google, and Twitter.
As Hawley explained, censorship teams working at Facebook allegedly used an internal system called “Tasks” to organize joint efforts to stifle free expression by their company and officials working for Google and Twitter.
Hawley presses Zuckerberg on whistleblower complaint alleging Facebook coordination with Twitter, Google https://t.co/SMeROfCunT
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 18, 2020
Continuing, Hawley explained the three companies regularly discussed censorship strategies. Then, Facebook employees uploaded the resulting information into the Task system’s database to “effectively coordinate” its censorship program with that of Google and Twitter.
Zuckerberg denied using the system for policy-related matters, but admitted Facebook used Tasks platform to coordinate security-related efforts with other companies. He also conceded that users should expect some mutual communication between tech companies.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also faced questions during the hearing, and he and Zuckerberg both agreed on the need for reform regarding the censorship/moderation policies on their platforms. Time will tell, but so far, both tech companies seem resistant to any meaningful oversight.
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