Here’s How Congress Botched Another Big Tech Hearing

Sean Burch
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How many more of these farces is Congress going to mount — summoning Big Tech executives before hearings on Capitol Hill (or virtually) and then squandering the opportunity to drill down on the real issues regarding antitrust, censorship and social media responsibility? On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee produced another hearing that was light on both structure and substance as members grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The hearing was nominally focused on “misinformation and disinformation plaguing online platforms” and what the tech giants were doing to curb the spread of fake news on their platforms. But the hearing, as the rest of these Big Tech hearings have gone over the last few years, quickly morphed into an opportunity for elected officials to pepper the tech execs with questions on their pet topics like hate speech, censorship, antitrust concerns, political favoritism, tech addiction and whether kids should even be using social media. Those all may be topics worth exploring, but it was clear early on that this hearing would accomplish little on the subject of misinformation. Ultimately, the hearing will likely be remembered more for its comical gaffes than being...

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