In a more than four-hour hearing Tuesday with Mark Zuckerberg of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter, the two CEOs on social media faced attacks from Republicans and Democrats alike over their policies.
GOP lawmakers have repeatedly told Facebook and Twitter that they have censored conservative views, and Democrats (as they have done before) have hated organizations for not doing enough to prevent hate speech and disinformation.
Among the questions raised at the hearing was how Facebook and Twitter would deal with President Trump’s posts – which he still refuses to acknowledge as losing the election and cited as a major source of misinformation on platforms – since he left White. In January 2021, House and President-elect Joe Biden took office.
Both before and after the election, Facebook and Twitter have flagged numerous posts from Trump, without insisting that the 2020 election was “rigged” or rigged.
At the hearing, Sen Maji Hirono (D-Hawaii), CEO, explicitly asked the two, “Later [Trump] If he stops being president, will he still be considered ‘newsworthy’ and will he still use your platforms to spread misinformation? ”
Dorsey says Trump will no longer receive special discounts after leaving power on Twitter. “If the account [holder] Dorsey said, suddenly … there is no other world leader, that special policy is gone.
For a political figure like Trump, Twitter’s policy is to leave out tweets that may be a violation for regular users, but the organization considers it “in the public interest.” Twitter adopted the policy in June 2019. In addition, such tweets cannot be liked or commented on.
Zuckerberg said Facebook has already stated that it has no “newsearthness” standards for how it deals with content posted by politicians.
“In President Trump’s move and move forward, there are a number of policies where our politicians are the exception to the rule that people should be able to hear what their elected officials are saying.” For the most part, however, Facebook is no exception to how it applies its policies to political leaders, Zuckerberg said.
Zuckerberg said, “If the president – or anyone else – is spreading hate speech or inciting violence or posting content that represents an election … they will be treated the same way they say it and will continue to do so,” Zuckerberg said.