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Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey testify before Senate committee: Live updates

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter's Jack Dorsey testify before the Senate Judiciary Committtee in a hearing called Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election.

What's happening: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 am ET.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will tell senators that the company applied contextual warning labels to 300,000 tweets between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11, according to his prepared testimony.

More than a dozen Democratic senators sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg on Monday calling on Facebook to “take immediate action” to enforce its own policies on incitement and discrimination against minorities, highlighting the company’s role in fueling hate and violence worldwide.

If this all sounds familiar, that's because it is: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey both appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee at the end of October, just before Election Day. In the contentious hearing on October 28, the executives, along with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, were questioned over their content moderation policies.

Though the hearing was meant to focus on a crucial law, known as Section 230, that protects the companies' ability to moderate content as they see fit, senators strayed from the central topic and confronted the executives on other topics, including antitrust, misinformation about voting and election interference.

On Tuesday, the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in what will be the first congressional hearing involving Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey since Election Day.

Much of the questioning from lawmakers will probably focus on Facebook and Twitter’s handling of election-related content.

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