Members of the UK ‘ s Digital, culture, media and Sport Committee will be in Washington to grill-Facebook, Google and Twitter over fake news on their platforms.
The consultation questions how leaders about possible Russian interference in the British elections.
Prime Minister Theresa May has accused Russia of “weaponising information”.
There were suggestions that the event would be hosted in London at a lower cost.
Several of the managers participating – including the Facebook policy director Simon Milner and Twitter public policy head Nick Pickles are from the English capital, while others visit on a regular basis.
A tech company told the BBC that, if it is agreed that a California-would participate based executives, it had assumed the event would be in London, and was surprised to discover, it had happened instead in the U.S. capital.
But the Committee Chairman, defended the decision.
“We don’t have a deal by the tech companies fly their people from London to give evidence,” said Damian Collins MP.
“In fact, when we first discussed this question with them, they all agreed that it would be easier to get people to come and give evidence, when we held a meeting in America.
“What we wanted above all, was leading the global policy on these questions notes… and this is what we have to give.”Fake news
This is the first time, the Empire broadcast a House of Commons Committee hearing from outside of the United Kingdom.
The hearing will take a day and start with a question-and-answer sessions with Google ‘ s vice-president of news, Richard Gingras, and juniper Downs, global head of public policy at YouTube.
In written evidence already submitted, Google has said that his see, his role, “to help people useful and relevant information to support the development of high quality online content, and limited the flow of money to deliberately misleading content, and ensure that our reporting and feedback tools are as effective as they can be.”
She added that it had multiple steps to this Problem information to tackle failure, including the following:
An additional £2.2 m UK projects over the Digital News Initiative
They work with publishers to strengthen subscription-based models
The promotion of the diversity of opinion with the updated Google app
The promotion of established news sources on YouTube
The second session will be interviewed in two Facebook executives, and the third will address public policy minds at Twitter.
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The Committee will also hear evidence from a number of scientists and those who work in the news, including Tony Maddox, vice-President at CNN, Kinsey Wilson, chief executive of the New York Times, and Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News.
In written evidence before the hearing, David Chavern, President of the News Media Alliance – the equivalent of nearly 2,000 news and features about the US – said, Google and Facebook needed to do more.
“If it was not designed to have the visibility on these platforms, fake news publishers are optimal. You push the naughty, provocative headlines, the clicks within the platform environments…work, the algorithms in favor of fake news.”
“While Google and Facebook as to say that you want to be is the “neutral” platforms which don’t distinguish between types of content, the fact that the attention of the company, the control algorithms are active, such as information to the user delivered.”
He suggested that the algorithms give priority should a higher priority to content from publishers who employ professional reporters and follow high journalistic standards, while Google and Facebook should provide creators of original journalism a better economic arrangement, including better revenue and data-sharing.
Among other questions, which are questions of the Committee:
What is a fake news?
Where does biased, but legitimate comments to move in propaganda and lies?
What is the impact of the fake news on the public’s understanding of the world and the public reaction to the traditional journalism?
There is a difference in the way people use different age, social origin and gender and to respond to this fake news?
Changes in the sale and placement of advertising encourages the growth of fake news?
Both the United Kingdom and the United States is the Problem of fake news is becoming more serious, and there is increasing pressure on tech companies to do more to combat it.
In November, Facebook said it would launch a tool, the people can see, if you “liked” pages created to spread the foreign actors, propaganda during the presidential elections in the United States.
It has previously been shown that as many as 126 million Americans saw such content.
It has also recently announced plans to raise content from “trusted” news sources.
The Internet Research Agency, known informally as a Russian troll factory is believed to be behind hundreds of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, many designed to look as if they were created by US citizens.