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Is COVID-19 the misinformation wake-up call for technology? That’s what the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to be asked today when they’re called to Congress to testify.

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Gun control debate returns to Congress

Less a day after the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, President Joe Biden urged Congress to immediately pass gun control laws. But members of both parties have yet to find a way to compromise on legislation.

  • Plus, federal regulators clap back on AstraZeneca’s vaccine data.
  • And, Jalen Rose on the lack of Black coaches in professional sports.

The mismeasure of misinformation

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Social media giants keep trotting out jaw-dropping stats about fake accounts and rule-violating posts they're removing. But the number that matters most is how much misinformation remains up. 

Driving the news: CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter will recite more numbers Thursday, when their CEOs testify at a marquee hearing before a Congressional committee investigating online misinformation.

Key Democrat: Time to write new laws for tech

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ). Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

As lawmakers prepare for a hearing Thursday with the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google, the leader of the House Energy & Commerce Committee tells Axios that the question isn't whether to regulate tech companies, but how.

Why it matters: Democrats, empowered in Congress and enraged by misinformation over vaccines and the election, agree it's time to legislate on tech policy, including updating the key law that shields them from liability from user-generated content. The path to passing a bill is a little more clear, and there have been signs that the largest tech platforms are ready to embrace some changes.