Twitter, Google and Facebook to testify over extremist content in Congress
The three companies are required on 17 January 2018 to testify in front of the US Congress, highlighting the steps that they are taking to control extremist content on the internet and on social media.
Previous congressional enquiries were futile; the companies (Twitter and Facebook) were not sending their most senior executives, instead they were sending heads of policy makers who spoke on their behalf. The companies were also given a deadline to share information concerning Russia’s interference in US elections, nevertheless, Twitter failed to respond two days after the deadline.
Internet based aka social media terrorism and propaganda has been on the pick of late worldwide. Governing bodies are therefore casting the blame on major internet and social media companies such as Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter as they are the major platforms through which these unwelcome events spreads. Examples of acts of terrorism, abuse and propaganda that recently caused havoc include political issues, child abuse, sexual abuse, racism to mention just a few.
Will the congress be able to successfully mitigate these issues?