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Facebook, Google and Microsoft to be quizzed by Lords on internet regulation

Technology titans Facebook, Google and Microsoft are to give evidence in the House of Lords this week, with the organisations helping the Lords' communications committee on internet regulation.

On Tuesday 30 October, representatives from these three companies will face the committee as it explores the responsibilities these businesses have to their users, and whether internet companies should do more to protect social values and rights online.

Rebecca Stimson, head of public policy at Facebook UK, Katie O’Donovan, interim head of public policy at Google UK, and Hugh Milward, director of corporate, legal & external affairs at Microsoft, are those answering questions.

Topics likely to be asked in the session include the advantages and disadvantages of the current regulatory framework of the internet, and the risks for consumers and citizens associated with the concentration of digital markets within the hands of a few large tech companies.

Stimson, O’Donovan and Milward are also expected to be asked about the responsibilities of online service providers for moderating user-generated content, and the liability of online platforms for the content they host.

The evidence session is open to the public, and those wishing to attend should head to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance. Alternatively, the session is being streamed live on parliament.live.tv.