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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source ...

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Executives Testify before Congress on Content Filtering : July 17, 2018
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Executives Testify before Congress on Content Filtering
Robert Howard

Facing mounting criticisms of censorship from conservative lawmakers, representatives from three of the largest technology companies, Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet, Inc.—parent company of Google and YouTube—came before the House Judiciary Committee in the summer of 2018 to explain their policies on content moderation. The companies’ platforms had increasingly become lightning rods for criticism as their roles as conveyers—and arbiters—of news and information had grown. Conservative lawmakers charged each company with employing politically motivated content removal practices, while their Democratic counterparts criticized the companies’ role in the spread of misinformation. The companies, which rely on ...

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