Facebook, Google to face Congress over spread of white nationalism online

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House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler.


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Facebook and Google are once again headed to Capitol Hill, this time for a grilling from the House Judiciary Committee over the spread of white nationalism on their platforms.

The committee on Wednesday said the hearing, scheduled for April 9 and called “Hate Crimes and the Rise of White Nationalism,” is intended to “foster ideas about what social media companies can do to stem white nationalist propaganda and hate speech online.”

Facebook will send Neil Potts, who oversees the company’s content policy team, the social network said. Google will send Alexandria Walden, a counsel for free expression and human rights, according to The Washington Post, which earlier reported the news.

Google didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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