LIVE VIDEO: Tech Giants And Far-Right Figures Testify At House Panel On White Nationalism And Hate Crimes

The Washington Post reports:

For years, Silicon Valley has struggled to strike the right balance between allowing users to express themselves and preventing the viral spread of objectionable posts, photos and videos.

But a series of recent, high-profile failures in the eyes of some Democrats and Republicans have prompted renewed debate in Washington over the need to hold tech companies accountable for the content they allow or block on the web.

That tension will be on display beginning Tuesday, when House Democratic lawmakers plan to explore the spread of white nationalism on social media. The hearing grows out of concern that Facebook, Google and other tech giants have become digital incubators for some of the most deadly, racially motivated attacks around the world.

The Hill reports:

Representatives from Google and Facebook will field questions about the role social media has played in allowing white nationalists to connect, organize and radicalize new recruits.

The hearing will “foster ideas about what social media companies can do to stem white nationalist propaganda and hate speech online,” according to a description from the committee.

Other witnesses at the hearing will include Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Eileen Hershenov, senior vice president of policy at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The hearing begins at 10AM.