Will look through lens of COVID-19, protests
The House Communications and Consumer Protection Subcommittees will hold a joint hearing on “Disinformation Online and a Country in Crisis.”
The date is June 24, but other details are to be determined, or at least revealed.
The hearing was announced Thursday (June 11) by Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Communications Subcommittee Chair Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.).
The crisis is both COVID-19 and the current national reckoning, sometimes violent, over some police treatment of minorities.
“Social media platforms have failed to take sufficient steps to address disinformation while the President is actively promoting dangerous falsehoods and conspiracies,” said the legislators. “The country needs and deserves better, and we look forward to hearing from experts on what can be done to minimize, and ultimately end, the spread of dangerous disinformation and misinformation online.”
While Facebook has declined to get into political speech, Twitter has labeled Tweets of President Donald Trump about absentee ballots, and shielded Trump’s tweet about shooting looters.