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House Panel to Grill Facebook, Twitter, Google on Terror Content (2)

June 19, 2019, 6:02 PMUpdated: June 19, 2019, 8:08 PM

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing June 26 on online terrorist content featuring testimony from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., and Alphabet Inc.'s Google.

Lawmakers also will explore social media companies’ efforts to crack down on misinformation.

Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, Nick Pickles, Twitter’s global senior strategist for public policy, and Derek Slater, Google’s global director of information policy, are scheduled to testify.

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment beyond confirming that a company representative will testify. Spokespeople for Twitter and Google didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

The hearing comes as tech giants face increased scrutiny over the way they moderate user-posted content. President Donald Trump and Republicans have accused the companies of suppressing conservative voices online. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized Facebook after it declined to remove a doctored video of her.

Lawmakers at the hearing may explore a decades-old website liability law, the Communications Decency Act, that has protected Facebook, Twitter, and Google from liability for hosting content posted by terrorists. The companies have escaped at least nine lawsuits by families of terrorist victims trying to hold them responsible for attacks around the world, Bloomberg Law data show.

—With assistance from Daniel R. Stoller and Victoria Graham

To contact the reporter on this story: Alexis Kramer in Washington at akramer@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com