In their zeal for control over online speech, House Democrats are getting closer and closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it.
For the third time in less than five months, the U.S. Congress has summoned the CEOs of social media companies to appear before them, with the explicit intent to pressure and coerce them to censor more content from their platforms. On March 25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will interrogate Twitterâ€™s Jack Dorsey, Facebooksâ€™s Mark Zuckerberg and Googleâ€™s Sundar Pichai at a hearing which the Committee announced will focus â€œon misinformation and disinformation plaguing online platforms.â€
The Committeeâ€™s Chair, Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), and the two Chairs of the Subcommittees holding the hearings, Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), said in a joint statement that the impetus was â€œfalsehoods about the COVID-19 vaccineâ€ and â€œdebunked claims of election fraud.â€ They argued that â€œthese online platforms have allowed misinformation to spread, intensifying national crises with real-life, grim consequences for public health and safety,â€ adding: â€œThis hearing will continue the Committeeâ€™s work of holding online platforms accountable for the growing rise of misinformation and disinformation.â€
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