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Social media companies questioned on tackling misinformation

01 June 2020

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation questions executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter about actions they have taken to tackle an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation about Covid-19.

Witnesses

Thursday 4 June, virtual meeting

At 14.30

  • Thomas Knowles, advanced paramedic practitioner, EveryDoctor
  • Dr Megan Emma Smith, consultant anaesthetist, EveryDoctor

At 15.30

  • Monika Bickert, Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook
  • Leslie Miller, Vice-President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, YouTube
  • Derek Slater, Global Director of Information Policy, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google
  • Nick Pickles, Director of Public Policy Strategy, Twitter

It is the second time that representatives of the social media companies have been called in by the DCMS Sub-committee in its ongoing inquiry into online harms and disinformation following criticism by Chair Julian Knight about a lack of clarity of evidence and further failures to provide adequate answers to follow-up correspondence.

In a week that has seen online reactions to US protests renew the debate about actions to tackle disinformation, MPs will address questions to three senior US-based representatives from Facebook, Google and Twitter.

Building on its work about the abundance of online misinformation about Covid-19, the Sub-committee will hear from a doctor at one of London’s busiest hospitals and a paramedic working for NHS 111 about the impact of disinformation on their work on the frontline.

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