Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified in the US House of Representatives for six hours regarding the Congressional attack by Trump supporters on January 6. Some people accusing social media of being a source of political extremism and disinformation organized an interesting protest in the garden of the Capitol Building. Tech giants were portrayed as rebels who went viral in the raid.
Executives of the largest US technology companies testified in the Congressional raid on January 6. In the raid in the US Congress, 5 people, including one police officer, died and dozens were injured. The impeachment clause against Trump, accused by the Democrats of “incitement to rebellion,” was accepted in the vote in the House of Representatives.
However, tech companies were also protested as the call to riots was made on social media. The previous day, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified before two committees of the House of Representatives about the role of social media in promoting political extremism and disinformation.
Demonstrators gathered outside the Capitol before the trial portray technology executives as rebels who went viral in the January 6 riots. In a life-size photograph, Zuckerberg was seen wearing the clothes of Jacob Anthony Chansley, nicknamed “The Qanon Shaman”, famous as the man with horns.
Emma Ruby-Sachs, managing director of SumofUs, the human rights organization behind the social media protests, said: “The inability of social media platforms to deal with the violence, hatred and disinformation they encourage shows that these companies are failing. After the past five years of manipulation, data gathering and surveillance, rein in technology.” The time has come ”.
On the other hand, members of the House of Representatives criticized social media companies for their role in the 6 Congress raid and the spread of medical misinformation about Covid-19.
Democratic representative Frank Pallone, chairman of the energy and trade committee, said, “You haven’t changed meaningfully after your platforms have played a role in promoting the insurgency, the spread of the coronavirus, and in violating American civil liberties. Your business model itself has become a problem.