Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled Tuesday on Capitol Hill over a newly revealed whistleblower complaint suggesting that the social media company coordinated with fellow web titans Twitter and Google on what content to moderate.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) led the line of questioning during a larger Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the scope and strength of Facebook and Twitter and its efforts to censor content while enjoying protections from the kind of liability faced by publishers.
Hawley said that his office was recently contacted by a former Facebook employee who claimed that an internal program called Tasks is used by the company “to coordinate projects including censorship.”
“As I understand it, Facebook censorship teams communicate with their counterparts at Twitter and Google, and then enter those companies’ suggestions for censorship onto the Tasks platform so that Facebook can then follow-up with them and effectively coordinate their censorship efforts,” Hawley said.
Zuckerberg acknowledged that it’s not unusual for workers