Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs to face grilling from US panel.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey were set to be grilled by a US panel on Tuesday, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The hearing was also scheduled to cover the topics of media and privacy domination.

The CEOs were to testify on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields tech companies from accountability over the material posted by users in their online services.

Earlier this month, the US Senate Commerce Committee voted to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to testify before the panel.

The hearing will be Zuckerberg and Pichai’s first appearance before Congress because the two testified along with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos before the House Antitrust Subcommittee in July.

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US President Donald Trump’s May 28 executive order sought to blunt Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which generally protects net companies from legal liability for user comments.

Republicans have turned to Section 230 as a key area for reform in response to their concerns that social networking firms censor conservative voices, a charge denied by Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

Meanwhile, the US Senate Judiciary Committee has also asked Zuckerberg and Dorsey to testify before it on November 17 over controlling a media article on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

Both Facebook and Twitter confronted a backlash from the Republicans and US President Donald Trump to block and censor the content that appeared in The New York Post and has been critical of Joe Biden.

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“The hearing will focus on the platforms’ censorship and suppression of New York Post articles and provide a valuable opportunity to examine the companies’ handling of the 2020 election,” that the Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement.

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