During a Tuesday Congressional hearing, representatives from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube emphasized that if a user on their platform garners too many strikes — that is, they violate too many of the platform’s rules — they’re out. But how many strikes a user gets, and whether or not a strike will be handed out, is still unclear to many users, including members of Congress.

Representatives from the three companies testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee to shed light on their “content filtering practices.” The hearing touched on a slew of the most-talked about controversies involving social media companies in the last year —  Russian election interference, Cambridge Analytica, and perceived suppression of conservative moments. But one revealing exchange came when Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), asked Facebook and YouTube’s representatives specifically about what they’re doing to prevent conspiracy theories from spreading on the platform. Deutch’s district includes Parkland, Florida, which was the site of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School several months ago.

He specifically brought up the case of the far-right blog Infowars, which published a YouTube video accusing survivors of the shooting of being crisis actors. YouTube later took the video down — as YouTube’s global head of public policy and government relations Juniper Downs explained, if an individual or group is claiming that a “specific, well-documented violent attack didn’t happen and you use the name or image of survivors of the attack, that is a malicious attack and it violates our…

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