Sen. Hawley Calls for 'A Little More Honesty and Candor' from Big Tech on Privacy Concerns

Republican Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley talks to the media after a debate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

WASHINGTON — Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) told PJM he wants to see a “little more honesty and candor” from large technology companies when it comes to privacy.


The White House is hosting a Social Media Summit on Thursday. Facebook and Twitter were reportedly not invited. Hawley was asked if he thinks those companies should have been part of the summit.

“I don’t know the details of any of that or who is invited or not or what the agenda is but I would say, listen, we’ve had Facebook, Twitter, Google up here many times. The chairman [Graham] just said in today’s hearing he wants to call them again to testify which is great,” Hawley, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Tuesday.

“I hope that if they do come to testify their testimony will be a little more honest than it has been in past settings. I mean, for me, I remember sitting in a Judiciary Committee hearing and listening to one of the Google executives tell me that the Android phone, when its location settings are off, that it’s actually not tracking you, which is just not true, so I would say a little more honesty and candor on their part would be welcome,” he added.

The details of the Social Media Summit agenda have not been released.



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