News roundup: Big tech firms challenged on online misinformation, Intel’s expansion plans & Salesforce’s move to tackle the digital skills gap

A roundup of this week’s technology news, including a US government inquiry into disinformation on big tech platforms, $20 billion expansion plans unveiled by Intel, a new online educational scheme launched by US cloud giant Salesforce, and more.

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Big tech bosses quizzed about disinformation

US lawmakers this week quizzed the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter about the rise of disinformation on their respective platforms, as reported by the BBC.

At the start of the hearing, chair Mike Doyle asked Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey whether they felt responsible for the January attack on the US Capitol. None of the three tech bosses responded with a simple “yes” or “no”.

A big topic of the hearing was the potential abolishment of Section 30, a legal clause that ensures websites aren’t legally liable for the content posted by their users. Mark Zuckerberg was in favour of minor reforms, writing: "We believe Congress should consider making platforms' intermediary liability protection for certain types of unlawful content conditional on companies' ability to meet best practice to combat the spread of this content."

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