Republican Sen. Josh Hawley targeted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg with a misleading line of questioning.
Hawley repeatedly asked Zuckerberg if Facebook coordinates with YouTube and Twitter for “censorship” and “to control information,” citing information he had obtained from a “whistleblower.”
It is well-known that social media companies do communicate with each other on issues related to foreign meddling, terrorism, and other topics.
But Hawley tried to deceptively characterize the practice of Facebook communicating with its peers as nefarious and implied that the coordination was a major revelation.
Zuckerberg pushed back against Hawley’s characterization, explaining to him first that the major social media companies “do coordinate and share signals on security related topics.”
“For example,” Zuckerberg explained, “there is signal around a terrorist attack or around child exploitation imagery or around a foreign government creating an influence operation, that is an area where the companies do share signals about what they see.”
But Zuckerberg stressed that the communication “is distinct from the content moderation policies” Facebook has.
Zuckerberg noted that the companies might share information on what they are each seeing occur on their respective platforms, but that each company makes their own decisions on how they will enforce their policies.