Hearing in Congress on Tuesday to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives will hear Tuesday, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), YouTube, a subsidiary of Alphabet, and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) to determine if the social networks filter content for political purposes, announced on Friday that the president of the commission.

The parliamentary republicans accuse these networks of practices with political motivations when they remove certain content, in particular republicans, what they are defending.

Bob Goodlatte, the chairman of the parliamentary committee, said he was pleased to note that these networks are sending experts “to answer questions about their practices for moderating content and how they can be more respectful of the freedom of speech in the United States and elsewhere.”

Twitter has refrained from any comment. Facebook has confirmed the hearing, but no more. Alphabet has not reacted in the immediate future.

The three companies had declined the invitation of the Congress in April.

Republicans and democrats agree on the fact that these networks need to ban all content related to crimes, piracy, trafficking sex, but they diverge on other content of questionable value.

“Even if these firms may have reasons legal, economic, and ideological to manage their content as a traditional media, nonetheless we have as a State to determine if the standards they apply endanger our free and open society, and our culture of freedom of expression,” explained Goodlatte.

(David Shepardson; Wilfrid Exbrayat for the French service)

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