US legislator to attend International ‘Fake News’ committee

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Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton has welcomed confirmation that influential US legislator David N. Cicilline will attend the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ later this year.

The Fine Gael TD will chair the meeting of the Committee in Dublin on the 7 of November.

Congressman David N. Cicilline is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee.

He will attend as an ex officio member of the Committee on fake news and disinformation which will allow the Congressman to question witnesses.

Speaking about the announcement Deputy Naughton said: “I very much welcome that Congressman Cicilline will attend the meeting of the International Grand Committee in Dublin on the 7th of November.

“I look forward to Chairing what will be the 3rd meeting of the committee with it having met in London and Ottawa previously.

“The Dublin meeting will be really significant in that it will be the first time that US legislators will participate.

“As all the major social media/tech giants were founded and are headquartered in the United States it is very welcome that Congressman Cicilline has agreed to participate. His own Committee is presently conducting investigations into Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple and so his attendance will greatly enhance our deliberations.”