FILE PHOTO: A Google sign is seen at the WAIC (World of Artificial Intelligence Conference held in Shanghai, China, on September 17, 2018. (REUTERS photo/Aly Song, File/Photo
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – the Alphabet Inc, and Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook Inc (FB.(O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.(N), testifies next week before a US Senate panel on the efforts made by the social media companies to remove violent content from the online platform, the panel said in a statement on Wednesday.
In The Sept. 18 hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, follows growing concern in the Congress about the use of social media by the people committing the mass killings, and other acts of violence. Last week, the owner of 8chan, the online message board linked to a number of recent mass shootings, he gave a deposition on Capitol Hill.
The hearing will examine the spread of extremism online and find out the effectiveness of the industry’s efforts to remove violent content from the online platform. The witnesses will discuss how technology companies are working with law enforcement in a violent or offensive content is identified, and the processes used for the removal of such content,” the committee said.
Facebook’s head of global policy management, Monika Bickert, Twitter’s public policy director, Nick Pickles, and Google’s global director of information policy, Derek Slater, are due to testify.
Facebook and Google both have confirmed that they will participate, but declined to comment further. Twitter did not immediately have a comment.
In May, Facebook said it will temporarily block a user who does not abide by the rules of the broadcasting of the live video. Following an international outcry after a gunman killed 51 people in New Zealand and it is pouring on the attack live on the page.
Facebook said that it will introduce a “one-strike” policy on the use of Facebook Live, a service that allows users to broadcast live video. Those who broke in to the business of the most serious rules in place on the site to which access to live broadcasts and a limited period of time.
Facebook has included an intensive monitoring over the past few years about the hatred, the law of privacy becomes its dominant position in the social media. The company is trying to address those concerns at the turn of a more rigorous action of the regulators.
Report by David Shepardson, Editing by Rosalba O’brien and Tom Brown