US lawmakers, tech CEOs clash over disinformation

Washington (AFP) – US lawmakers unleashed a torrent of criticism against social media top executives Thursday, blaming the companies for amplifying false content and calls to violence, while promising new regulations to stem rampant online disinformation. The video hearing attended remotely by top executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter got off to a stormy start as lawmakers accused them of intentionally making products that get people hooked. “Big Tech is essentially handing our children a lit cigarette and hoping they stay addicted for life,” said congressman Bill Johnson, an Ohio Republi…

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