Hearing: “Holding Big Tech Accountable: Targeted Reforms to Tech’s Legal Immunity”

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (Committee on Energy and Commerce)

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 (10:30 AM)

2123 RHOB
Washington, D.C.
This will be a hybrid hearing held in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building, as well as remotely on the Committee's Cisco Webex Platform. The hearing will be live streamed on the Committee's website at https://energycommerce.house.gov.

Witnesses

Panel one

Ms. Frances Haugen
Former Facebook Employee

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  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:30 PM
  • Response to Questions for the Record [PDF] Added 01/21/2022 at 01:57 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:30 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 12:51 PM

Mr. Rashad Robinson
President, Color of Change

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  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 04:32 PM
  • Response to Questions for the Record [PDF] Added 01/21/2022 at 01:57 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 04:32 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 04:32 PM

Mr. James Steyer
Founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

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  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 03:44 PM
  • Response to Questions for the Record [PDF] Added 01/21/2022 at 01:57 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:30 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:30 PM

Ms. Kara Frederick
Research Fellow in Technology Policy, The Heritage Foundation

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  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 06:55 PM
  • Response to Questions for the Record [PDF] Added 01/21/2022 at 01:57 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 06:55 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 06:55 PM

Panel two

The Honorable Karen Kornbluh
Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative and Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

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  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 11:12 AM
  • Response to Questions for the Record [PDF] Added 01/21/2022 at 01:57 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 02:41 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 02:41 PM

Ms. Carrie Goldberg Esq.
Owner, C. A. Goldberg Law Firm, PLLC

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  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 11:12 AM
  • Response to Questions for the Record [PDF] Added 01/21/2022 at 01:57 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 12:23 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 12:28 PM

Mr. Matthew F. Wood
Vice President of Policy and General Counsel, Free Press Action

Added 11/29/2021 at 10:59 AM
  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:30 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:30 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:30 PM

Dr. Mary Anne Franks
Professor of Law and Michael R. Klein Distinguished Scholar Chair, University of Miami School of Law, President and Legislative & Tech Policy Director, Cyber Civil Rights Initiative

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  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:30 PM
  • Response to Questions for the Record [PDF] Added 01/21/2022 at 01:57 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:38 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 09:38 PM

Mr. Eugen Volokh
Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Added 11/29/2021 at 10:01 PM
  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 12/01/2021 at 09:27 AM
  • Response to Questions for the Record [PDF] Added 01/21/2022 at 01:57 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 02:41 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 02:41 PM

Mr. Daniel A. Lyons
Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Boston College Law School, Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

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  • Witness Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 06:55 PM
  • Witness Truth in Testimony [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 06:55 PM
  • Witness Biography [PDF] Added 11/30/2021 at 06:55 PM

Text of Legislation

  • H.R. 2154, the “Protecting Americans from Dangerous Algorithms Act” [PDF]
  • H.R. 3184, the “Civil Rights Modernization Act of 2021” [PDF]
  • H.R. 3421, the “Safeguarding Against Fraud, Exploitation, Threats, Extremism, and Consumer Harms Act” or the “SAFE TECH Act” [PDF]
  • H.R. 5596, the “Justice Against Malicious Algorithms Act of 2021” [PDF]

Support Documents

  • Hearing Notice [PDF]
  • Briefing Memo [PDF] Added 11/29/2021 at 10:59 AM
  • Document for the Record - Proposed Revisions from Alliance for Counter Crime [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from Computer & Communications Industry Association [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from Alliance to Counter Crime Online [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from Chamber of Progress [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from Coalition for a Safer Web [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from Victims of Illicit Drug Use [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Article from MIT Technology Review entitled, "Facebook and Google funded global misinformation" [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Article from The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show" [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Article from The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt." [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Article from The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead." [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from National Hispanic Media Coalition [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from Anti-Defamation League [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Opinion in The New York Times entitled, "What's One of the Most Dangerous Toys for Kids? The Internet." [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Statement from Preamble [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Article from The Washington Post entitled, "Facebook's race-blind practices around hate speech came at the expense of Black users, new documents show" [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Opinion by Bruce Reed and James P. Steyer entitled, "Why Section 230 hurts kids, and what to do about it" [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Statement by Guy Rosen, VP Integrity, Meta entitled, "An Update on Our Work to Keep People Informed and Limit Misinformation About COVID-19" [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Opinion by The Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal entitled, "Anthony Fauci and the Wuhan Lab" [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Letter from American Action Forum [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Remarks by then President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Document for the Record - Press Release from Coalition for a Safer Web [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 03:40 PM
  • Member Attendance [PDF] Added 12/06/2021 at 04:25 PM

Member Statements

  • Opening Statement - Full Committee Chairman Pallone [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 04:02 PM
  • Opening Statement - Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Doyle [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 04:02 PM
  • Opening Statement - Full Committee Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 04:02 PM
  • Opening Statement - Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Ranking Member Latta [PDF] Added 12/02/2021 at 04:02 PM
  • Opening Statement - Rep. Anna G. Eshoo [PDF] Added 12/06/2021 at 04:25 PM

First Published: November 23, 2021 at 05:36 PM
Last Updated: January 21, 2022 at 02:09 PM