Senators ask FTC to look into Facebook, Google censorship practices

CNET | 7/15/2019 | Abrar Al-Heeti
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US senators want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate how tech giants curate content.

US senators are asking the Federal Trade Commission to look into how major tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter curate content. Senators Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, and Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, urged the FTC to investigate the companies' censorship practices in a letter on Monday.

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"Big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter exercise enormous influence on speech," the senators wrote. "The vast majority of internet traffic flows through just a handful of these companies. They control the ads we see, the news we read, and the information we digest. And they actively censor some content and amplify other content based on algorithms and intentional decisions that are completely nontransparent."

That influence grants tech giants "alarming and endless" opportunities for abuse, the senators argue. They add that their ability to control the content users see could allow companies to sway elections.

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The senators urge the FTC to use its section 6(b) authority, which allows the agency to force companies to share information needed for understanding their practices and conduct.

"Companies that...
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