Congressman David Cicilline will be the first U.S. lawmaker to join an extraordinary collection of global officials investigating the spread of disinformation and “fake news” on social media.
The International Grand Committee on Disinformation and “Fake News” now comprises lawmakers from a dozen countries aggressively examining the role of social media, in particular Facebook, in efforts to influence elections and culture.
Cicilline, a Democrat from Rhode Island who serves as chairman of the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, said in the statement that the internet has “become concentrated, less open, and growingly hostile to innovation.”
“This is a problem that transcends borders, and it requires multinational cooperation to craft solutions that foster competition and safeguard privacy online,” Cicilline said. “I look forward to joining the International Grand Committee as part of its historic effort to identify problems in digital markets and chart a path forward that leads to a better online experience for everyone.”
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Hildegarde Naughton, chair of Ireland’s Oireachtas Communications Committee, said Cicilline is joining an investigation that has a “particular responsibility” to pursue “greater regulation of social media and tech giants.
“We will coordinate actions to