Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, the directors of Facebook and Twitter, will testify October 28 before a US Senate committee.
According to a source from
, Sundar Pichai, the director of Google, will also be present, but the company has not confirmed that.
The Senate Committee on Commerce wants to speak to the three CEOs about the possible reform of a US law that protects internet companies.
The White House wants to amend the law to give companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google more responsibility.
Section 230 of the law states that internet companies are in principle not responsible for what users do on their platforms.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (part of Google) are therefore not liable for the texts, videos and reactions that users leave on their social media.
The appearance before the committee gives the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google the opportunity to personally explain how the companies, for example, prevent the spread of fake news, hate messages and terrorist messages and what role section 230 of the law plays in this.
Directors of major tech companies have made frequent appearances before Congressional committees in recent years.
For example, Facebook, Twitter and Google also had to answer together in September 2018 for a hearing of a Senate committee on the role of social media in Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Facebook sent Operations Director Sheryl Sandberg to Washington that day.
Dorsey attended on behalf of Twitter and Larry Page from Google did not show up.
In connection with the corona crisis, the directors will virtually join at the end of October.