Vermont Rep. Peter Welch proposes new regulatory agency to oversee Big Tech

In a move that comes outside the box, Rep. Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat, recommended that Congress consider investing in a government agency for regulating social media companies. On March 25, the House Energy and Commerce Committee hosted a hearing on social media, extremism, and misinformation. The hearing featured Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, and Google’s Sundar Pichai as key witnesses.

After 2 1/2 hours, Welch offered his recommendation.

Welch suggested that Congress form a new government agency that would provide oversight for social media companies. Welch described the theoretical agency as an entity “that has rule-making and enforcement
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