growing number of Hollywood professionals are urging
Congress to bring Google executives in to testify in
a move similar to when Facebook CEOMark
Zuckerberg was compelled to testify
after his company’s data scandal.
month, the groups CreativeFuture and the Independent Film
and Television Alliance (IFTA)sent
the House Judiciary Committee and the Senate Energy
and Commerce Committee urging them to bring the
internet search giant to Capitol Hill. The original
letters had 90 signatures on them, and the groups resent
the letters Sunday after that number grew to 154.
industry believes that platform companies like Google and
Facebook don’t take enough responsibility over what
happens on their services, enabling widespread illicit
activity, including online piracy.
Vitale, the CEO of CreativeFuture, says that Congress
should step in to make the platforms legally liable for
illegal content found on their sites.
of millions of dollars are being lost to piracy because
the platforms aren't being held responsible,” Vitale told
have broad legal immunity from content posted by
third-party users, and some tech critics say that
framework gives internet giants little incentive to make
sure their sites are free of illicit trade and abusive
controversial bill rolling back some of that immunity
by making it easier to target internet platforms for
allowing online sex trafficking on their sites.
industry advocates are hoping Congress goes a step further
by making sites liable for pirated content.
long as these companies are allowed to continue to operate
in a policy framework that prioritizes their growth and
wealth over accountability, American creativity will be
harmed along with many other important societal
interests,” the two groups wrote in their letter.
Zuckerberg’s marathon congressional hearings following the
Cambridge Analytica scandal, there has been some momentum
among lawmakers tobring
other tech CEOs before Congress,
but so far Silicon Valley has shown little enthusiasm.
spokeswoman for Google did not immediately respond when
asked for comment on the letter.