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Facebook, YouTube, Twitter execs grilled by senators over addictive nature of their apps

Published on April 28, 2021 10:34 AM
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STORY BY LAUREN FEINER

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Officials Testify on Social Media Algorithms Sens. Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will press these tech officials on how consumers digest information from their platforms

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WASHINGTON DC, Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube testified before Congress Tuesday about the ways their algorithms influence users and sometimes serve harmful misinformation.

The hearing before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on privacy and technology highlighted a key feature of the social media platforms that have amplified some of the most serious harms lawmakers have been seeking to address through a wide swath of bills.

While Section 230 reforms were brought up a handful of times at Tuesday's hearing, the discussion also called attention to what could perhaps be a more narrow way of reining in some of the most pervasive harms of internet platforms by focusing on transparency around their algorithms.

Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube testified before Congress on Tuesday about the ways their algorithms influence users and sometimes serve harmful misinformation.

The hearing before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on privacy and technology highlighted a key feature of the social media platforms that have amplified some of the most serious harms lawmakers have been seeking to address through a wide swath of bills...

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