WATCH: Social media executives testify on how algorithms affect discourse | Politics - PBS NewsHour

Executives from major social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter appeared before a Senate Judiciary committee today to testify on how algorithms can impact discourse online by Joshua Barajas, arts editor for the NewsHour.

WATCH LIVE: Social media executives testify on how algorithms affect discourse

Among those who appeared were Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president for content policy; Lauren Culbertson, head of Twitter’s Public Policy team; and Alexandra Veitch, the public policy lead for the Americas at YouTube. Democratic lawmakers have signaled that they wanted to address the structural issues embedded in these platforms that can boost misinformation and become hubs for extremism...

Appearing alongside the executives were two experts: Tristan Harris, president and co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, and Joan Donovan, research director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy. 

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