The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter will defend a key law in front of the US Senate panel.
The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet will tell US lawmakers in a hearing on Wednesday that a federal law protecting Internet. companies is crucial to free expression on the Internet, according to written testimonies from the companies they had access to. Reuters.
Section 230, a provision of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, protects technology companies from liability for user-generated content and allows them to remove legal but objectionable postings. It has come under strong criticism from the Republican president. Donald trump and Democratic and Republican legislators who have been concerned about Big tech content moderation decisions.
Twitter director Jack dorsey will tell the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday that eroding the foundations of Section 230 “could collapse the way we communicate on the Internet, leaving only a small number of giant, well-funded tech companies.”
Dorsey called for “consideration and restraint when it comes to comprehensive regulatory solutions to address content moderation issues and cautioned that” radical regulations can further entrench companies that have large market shares. ”
From Facebook Mark Zuckerberg said, “Section 230 made it possible for all the major Internet services to be built,” but added that he believes “Congress should update the law to make sure it works as intended. We support the ideas of transparency and collaboration from industry that are being discussed in some of the current bipartisan proposals. ”
Zuckerberg also said that without the law, tech companies could face the responsibility of doing even basic moderation, such as eliminating hate speech and harassment.
Alphabet-property Of Google Sundar Pichai said the company approached its work without political bias and was able to offer the information it offers due to existing legal frameworks such as Section 230.
“I urge the committee to be very vigilant about any changes to Section 230 and to be very aware of the consequences that those changes could have on businesses and consumers.” Pichai the written testimony says.
In addition to discussions on law reform, the hearing will address consumer privacy and media consolidation issues.
Federal Communications Commission President Ajit pai who said this month he would chase a rulemaking to clarify the meaning of Section 230, declined to say Tuesday when it might proceed.
“We are not talking about imposing regulations on social media companies,” Pai said. “We are talking about interpreting an immunity provision.”
Pai also said he did not feel pressure from the White House to act.
On Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce panel, released a report on how big tech platforms have decimated the local news industry, including newspapers and broadcasters.