The directors of Facebook, Google, and Twitter will appear before the United States Senate Trade Committee.

The committee will announce this on its website.

Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey testify about the role of their platforms in the social debate and the responsibility they bear.

The reason for the questioning is the question of whether a contentious part of the law should be amended.

This section, called section 230, states that companies cannot be held responsible for what users do on their online platforms.

In practice, this means, among other things, that Facebook, Twitter and Google cannot be sued for illegal texts, photos and videos that users upload to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (part of Google).

Section 230 has been criticized by both the Republican and Democratic Parties in the US.

There are voices from both sides that the part of the law is outdated and has flaws.

The parties do differ on the background of their position.

The Trump administration hopes that changing the law will make companies such as Facebook and Twitter take more responsibility.

The US president, who will defend his place in the White House in early November, has regularly struggled with social media over alleged censorship.

His opponent Joe Biden also criticizes section 230. In conversation with

The New York Times he

stated early this year that the article would be repealed completely.

According to Biden, section 230 ensures that Facebook does not experience enough pressure to stop the spread of falsehoods and disinformation.

The hearing of the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google will take place on October 28.

The directors will be virtually present due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A potential reform of the law is unlikely to take place this year.