The US Justice Department and state attorney generals will be discussing on September 25 concerns on the effect of social media on the free exchange of ideas.

Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said that they will be probing whether social media companies stifle speech and hurting competition.

Tech companies such as Twitter and Facebook are currently defending their companies in a hearing by the Senate Intelligence Committee against lawmakers accusing them of failing to prevent the use of their platforms to influence US politics. The social media sites have also been criticized for allegedly having a bias against conservative voices.  

Source: Reuters

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