Social media giants not sending top people to inquiry about how they handle “extremist content”

From Alex Hern at the Guardian:

Twitter, Facebook and Google are to be hauled in front of the US Congress again, to give testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for extremist content.

As with the last major congressional enquiry, into Russian interference in US elections, none of the firms are sending their most senior executives. Instead, the heads of public policy at Twitter, Facebook and YouTube will be speaking for their companies. More.

Reality check: Kicking a few people off randomly for show is all that is really asked of Big Social Media and everyone knows it. And that’s just as well. Ask Google engineer James Damore, who is suing, about the company’ war on intellectual diversity itself.

See also: Shadowbanning is probably still happening.


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