Facebook, Google Defend Data Practices Against Antitrust Claims
By Anna Edgerton and Rebecca Kern
Sept. 21, 2021, 9:35 PM
Facebook Inc. and Google executives defended their companies’ data practices on Tuesday under pressure from lawmakers, telling a Senate committee that their products offer net benefits for consumers and small businesses.
Facebook Vice President of Privacy and Public Policy Steve Satterfield said the company invests heavily in its products to create the best tools for users and to remain competitive. His testimony comes just a week after reports on Facebook’s internal research showed that the company has studied, but hasn’t fully addressed mental health and societal harms. Satterfield reiterated Facebook’s desire for updated internet regulation and said the social media ...