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U.S. lawmakers grill big tech CEOs on fake news

As the US Capitol ran for the first time before Congress, Facebook, Google, and Twitter chief executives were asked by US lawmakers if they shared any blame for the riot on their platforms: "Yes or No?." "Yes or No?"

Social media have been widely accused of growing calls for violence and disseminating disinformation, which has helped to violently reverse votes.

Only Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter Inc., answered the question "yes" but said "broader ecosystem" must be considered. The business has always a sense of duty, but it was a difficult issue for Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Google parent Alphabet Inc.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Inc said that his company was in charge of creating "efficient systems." He also said that rioters should be kept accountable to former President Donald Trump.

Lawmakers have typically opposed a misleading or risky content strategy by the networks. The three companies took measures to prevent disinformation, but researchers have shown that the sites are still prevalent.

"We have fled as a crowd, the Capitol, the floor of this Chamber, and our political process has profaned," said Democrat Mike Doyle, who asked the CEOs what they should do. "It began with and was fueled by this assault and movement on your platforms," he said.

The hearing was virtual, but SumOfUs set up cut-offs of the 3 CEOs at the national mall near the Capitol, who were dressed as Jan 6 rioters. Zuckerberg, a shirtless rioter wearing horns, was seen as "QAnon Shaman."

At the hearing, Pichai and Dorsey said they were open to certain improvements in the proposal from Facebook. Pichai said some "healthy ideas" were present. Dorsey supported some of the Zuckerberg proposals, but he said that small and large services could hardly be distinguished.

The Republican members of the panel have criticized the technology giants for their attempts to silence conservative viewpoints.

Trump was blocked by Twitter on January 6, after Facebook had requested its independent supervisory committee to rule over whether to permanently prohibit him. He's still on YouTube suspended.

Dorsey was often irritated and tweeted at the hearing "?" by a survey requesting that Twitter users vote "yes" or "no." In approximately 30 minutes, over 40,000 votes were cast.
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