Lawmakers Question Big Tech CEOs About Content Moderation Policies

Headline Roundup November 18th, 2020

On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about their companies' content moderation practices during the 2020 presidential election. Republican senators questioned the tech giants about content moderation and the purported censorship of President Donald Trump and conservative voices; Democratic lawmakers focused their questioning about moderating misinformation and hate speech. Democrats also called for more legislation and regulation of the tech industry, including tougher data privacy laws, changes to a law that gives the companies legal protection for content posted by users, and greater antitrust action. Republicans also called for reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that protects companies from being sued over material users post on their platforms.

Coverage from right-rated outlets tended to focus on Republican lawmakers' claims of anti-conservative bias; some right-rated outlets also noted that several major news outlets omitted the hearing from their evening newscast coverage.

Lawmakers Question Big Tech CEOs About Content Moderation Policies

From the Right
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Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee spent Tuesday’s hearing chiding the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter for not stepping up their censorship efforts — despite Twitter’s unprecedented gagging of The Post’s account for two weeks and frequent masking of President Trump’s tweets.

Members of the panel grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for over four hours Tuesday as the pair face accusations of anti-conservative bias and censorship by the right and being lax on “misinformation” by the left.

They appeared to be unaware of the recent...

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From the Center
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Republican senators on Tuesday attacked the chief executives of Facebook and Twitter for what they called censorship of President Trump and his allies during the U.S. election while Democrats bemoaned the spread of misinformation on social media. The CEOs, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, defended their content moderation practices at a congressional hearing scheduled after the platforms decided to block stories from the New York Post that made claims about the son of then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The move incited uproar among Republican lawmakers who...

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ANALYSIS

The Senate Judiciary Committee concluded its hearing with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief executive, after more than four hours and 127 questions on Tuesday.

The New York Times tracked each question. Here’s what we found.

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