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US Senate’s hearing on Section 230 devolved into political grandstanding

Screenshot from US Senate hearing on Section 230 with Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey
Screenshot from US Senate hearing on Section 230 with Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichar and Jack Dorsey

For a hearing on Section 230 that saw high profile testimonies from CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google, there was hardly any discussion on the subject. The US Senate's Commerce Committee's hearing on the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — which protects social media companies from being responsible for content posted by users — was marred by political grandstanding and bickering. Republican members of the committee tried to accuse the companies of censoring president Donald Trump and being biased against conservatives. Democratic senators, meanwhile, deplored the hearing for politicising Section 230 just days before the US presidential elections. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in his opening remarks, told the committee that he supported reforming Section 230 to ensure that "it's working as intended". Google CEO Sundar Pichai urged the committee to be "very thoughtful" about any changes to Section…

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