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E&C Announces Third Legislative Hearing Focused on Holding Big Tech Accountable

Feb 22, 2022
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced today the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on Tuesday, March 1, at 10:30 a.m. (EST) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, "Holding Big Tech Accountable: Legislation to Protect Online Users."

The hearing is the third in a series focused on holding Big Tech accountable and follows a December Subcommittee hearing on several legislative proposals intended to build a safer, more transparent, and accountable internet ecosystem.

“Big Tech continues to prioritize profits over people while fighting to preserve its lack of accountability,” said Pallone and Schakowsky. “As we’ve said before, the time for self-regulation is coming to an end, and next week, we’ll continue the Committee’s ongoing legislative work to hold Big Tech accountable. The Subcommittee will examine legislation to strengthen protections for online users and to bring transparency to platforms that will help build a safer internet.”

This will be a hybrid hearing that includes both in person and remote member attendance via Cisco Webex video conferencing. Members of the public may view the hearing via live webcast accessible on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website. Please note the webcast will not be available until the hearing begins.

The Committee strongly recommends that members of the media view the proceedings remotely. The Capitol and House Office Buildings currently have restricted access. Seating in the Committee room for credentialed media is very limited. Media must RSVP to their respective press gallery no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, February 28.  

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Information for this hearing, including the Committee Memorandum, legislation, witnesses, testimony, and a live webcast will be posted HERE as they become available.