Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Jack Doresy, Twitter CEO, testified before Congress Wednesday. Sandberg and Doresy came before the Senate, answering questions about the moderation of online content. Doresy went on to testify before the House, which proved to be a slightly more eventful proceeding. In an instance of fighting fire with fire, Rep. Billy Long (R- MO.) choose to deal with disruptions by alt-right protestors by taking on the voice of an auctioneer and staging a fake auction to drone out their disruptions.
Partisan content on different online platforms is a contentious issue. In an Axios/Survey Monkey poll, two-thirds of Republican respondents believe search engine results are skewed to favor liberals. An equal number of Democrats believe that search engine results are not biased at all. The U.S. Department of Justice released a statement stating that it intends to meet with state attorney generals to discuss whether online platforms were suppressing the free exchange of ideas.
This chart shows the percent of U.S. adults who think search engine results are biased to favor ideological groups.
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