Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs Testify Before Senate Commerce Committee

Headline Roundup October 28th, 2020

The CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google are testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday about possibly scaling back protections that immunize them from liability over content posted by users.

Both Republicans and Democrats have said it's time to revisit Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, but for opposite reasons: Republicans tend to cite allegedly unjust online censorship, while Democrats cite the spread of purported misinformation.

Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs Testify Before Senate Commerce Committee

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The chief executives of Twitter and Google defended a law protecting internet companies before a Senate panel on Wednesday, a topic that has split U.S. lawmakers on ways to hold Big Tech accountable for how they moderate content on their platforms.

Twitter Inc’s Jack Dorsey and Google’s Sundar Pichai were probed about how they monitor and moderate political content online.

They told the committee chaired by Republican Senator Roger Wicker that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act - which protects companies from liability over content posted by users -...

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From the Left
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Senate Democrats and Republicans grilled the chief executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter on Wednesday at a highly partisan, wide-ranging review of their content-moderation practices less than a week before Election Day.

Lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee are convening the gathering chiefly to discuss a controversial, decades-old law known as Section 230 that spares social media sites from being held liable for the way they police their platforms.

But the hearing is a public trial of sorts for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, who...

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From the Right
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Republicans Wednesday warned the heads of Facebook, Twitter and Google they could lose federal lawsuit liability protections following apparent censorship of conservative content on their social media platforms.

The online hearing, however, was slowed down by a big tech glitch: Twitter CEO Mark Zuckerberg was unable to connect to the hearing, forcing a recess.

The hearing initially began with Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker citing Twitter’s and Facebook’s decision to block a story by the New York Post, about about potentially incriminating contents of three laptops believed to have...

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