Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Section 230 Reform

Jack Dorsey and Mark ZuckerbergThe Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on censorship of conservative content on their platforms.

Dorsey and Zuckerberg stated they were focused on privacy and finding a balance between free speech and moderating content.

Senators focused their questioning and comments on the censorship of conservative content focused on misinformation and voter suppression, the additive nature of social media platforms, the potential breakup of the companies, and concerns about flagging, censoring and blocking content.

Participants essentially agreed that changes to Sec. 230 are needed as well as future hearings.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have introduced bipartisan legislation on the issue titled the EARN IT Act.

This is the second Senate hearing in less than a month with Dorsey and Zuckerberg. On October 28 they testified alongside Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

NRB is encouraged that our leaders are engaging in important conversations about the threats posed by powerful social media companies that often censor opinions with which they disagree. NRB will continue to be a leading voice in this discussion, working with Congress, tech leaders, and the Administration.

By NRB

Published: November 19, 2020

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