Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to testify again before Congress

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen will testify a second time before Congress on Wednesday to discuss possible legislative changes to the technology’s controversial legal liability shield – Section 230, US House Democrats said.

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology to Hold Next Hearing to Discuss What Democrats Call “Targeted Reforms” to Section 230, Reports The edge.

Several committee members have already introduced bills that would create exceptions in the law that would make big tech companies like Facebook and Google legally responsible for algorithms that amplify content that leads to offline violence.

Haugen will testify alongside Color of Change chairman Rashad Robinson, according to House Democrats on Monday.

Republicans are also expected to propose a witness at the hearing. A second panel will include other expert witnesses from organizations such as Free Press Action and the Cyber ​​Civil Rights Initiative.

Haugen testified before the Senate Trade Committee in October shortly after leaking a cache of internal Facebook reports to the Wall Street Journal.

Reports have revealed several alarming policy and moderation failures on Facebook, but lawmakers have focused more intensely on documents regarding Instagram’s impacts on the mental health of young users.

These reports led the committee to hold additional hearings with representatives from other popular social platforms such as Snapchat, TikTok, and YouTube.

(With IANS entries)

Posted on: Tuesday November 30, 2021 2:13 PM IST

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