Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey calls for trolling at US Congress during hearing

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted his frustration with questions from U.S. lawmakers on a social media platform during a disinformation hearing Thursday that prompted a congressman to call out his multitasking.

Lawyers grill Dorsey and CEOs of Facebook and Google parent alphabet for almost five hours. The tension was high as they were asked to answer “yes or no” to questions ranging from whether their platforms had any responsibility for the January 6 riot to whether they understood the difference between the two words.

During the hearing, Dorsey tweeted a “?” Twitter users to vote “yes” or “no”. Democrat Kathleen Rice asked, “Mr. Dorsey, what do you gain, yes or no, in your Twitter account poll?”

Dorsey told her to win, to which she replied, “Your multitasking skills are quite impressive.”

Facebook Inc CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai also witnessed a joint hearing by two subcommittees of the House Energy and Trade Committee.

Legislators on both sides tried to identify technical executives during the hearing with questions that only needed “yes” or “no” answers, interrupting them when trying to give longer ones. Lawmakers have questioned executives about concerns from COVID-19 misinformation, harassment, hate speech and extremism.

During the hearing, Dorsey also liked tweets that criticized aspects of the session, including why members of Congress mispronounced Pichai’s name and responded to a tweet confirming he was barefoot during the conversation. His poll on Thursday afternoon had more than 71,000 votes.

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