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Frances Haugen to testify before Congress again this week

Frances Haugen to testify before Congress again this week

Facebook whistleblower Frances Hogan will testify before Congress for a second time on Wednesday to discuss possible legislative changes to Section 230, the House Democrats' controversial legal liability shield, announced.

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold an upcoming hearing to discuss what Democrats refer to as "targeted reforms" in Section 230. Several committee members have already introduced bills that will be carved into law. Big tech companies like Facebook and Google are legally liable for algorithms that amplify content that leads to offline violence.

On Monday, Hogan will testify with Color of Change President Rashad Robinson, according to House Democrats. Republicans are also expected to present witnesses for the trial. A second panel will have additional expert witnesses from organizations such as Free Press Action and the Cyber ​​Civil Rights Initiative.

Hogan testified before the Senate Commerce Committee in October, when he leaked a cache of internal Facebook reports to the Wall Street Journal. Reports revealed a number of alarming policy and moderation failures at Facebook, but lawmakers have focused most on documents related to Instagram's mental health effects on young users. These reports led the committee to hold additional hearings with representatives from other popular social platforms such as Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube.

After Haugen's first hearing, Senate Democrats demanded that Facebook send either CEO Mark Zuckerberg or Instagram chief Adam Mosseri to testify in light of disturbing internal reports. Last week, The New York Times reported that Mosseri would testify before the Senate Commerce Committee the week of December 3.

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