Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to Testify

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. the House Judiciary Committee will hold a second hearing to examine social media filtering practices. The hearing will specifically look at concerns regarding a lack of transparency and potential bias in the filtering practices of social media companies.  The hearing will also examine the role of competition law in addressing these concerns.

Witnesses for next week’s hearing are:

  • Ms. Monika Bickert, Head of Global Policy Management, Facebook
  • Ms. Juniper Downs, Global Head of Public Policy and Government Relations, YouTube
  • Mr. Nick Pickles, Senior Strategist, Public Policy, Twitter

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement in advance of the hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “The advent of social media has made it possible for people to connect across continents, explore vast amounts of information, and share meaningful dialogue with friends and strangers. However, this same technology can be used to suppress a particular viewpoint and manipulate public opinion. I am pleased that the leading social media companies have agreed to send content management experts to answer questions on their content moderation practices and how they can be better stewards of free speech in the United States and abroad.”

This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.

Background: In April, the House Judiciary Committee held the first hearing in a series on social media filtering and policing practices.  This hearing focused on what metrics social media platforms use to moderate content, how filtering decisions are made, and whether viewpoints have been silenced on some of the most popular and widely used platforms.