The US Senate Calls on Top Executives Facebook, Google and Twitter
A central committee of the US Senate approved on Thursday to sue the top executives of tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter.
They must attest to legal protection that is crucial to the business model of the online platforms.
Washington is concerned about the growing power of the three companies in the run-up to the US elections in November. The companies are now still protected from lawsuits over the content that users post on the platforms.
According to the chairman of the committee, it is “necessary” in the light of the election that the committee and the American people be given “full accountability” from the top executives “for their practices for moderating” what is posted.
The Senate subpoenaed Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Sundar Pichai (Google) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter) after failing to negotiate a deal on voluntary testimony before the Senate Trade Commission.
The committee also wants to question the companies about federal privacy law and the merging of parts of the companies.