It looks like Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be headed back to Capitol Hill for another Congressional hearing.
And he’ll be joined by Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey.
has become a rallying point for both Democrats and Republicans. This key provision basically shields internet companies from liability for the content their users post. However, Democrats and Republicans aren’t happy with Section 230 for very different reasons.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, for example, has called for Section 230 in order to hold tech companies responsible for dangerous misinformation and hate speech that spread on their platforms.
Republicans, on the other hand, focus their ire on Facebook, Twitter, and Google due to the belief that these companies censor conservative views. In May, President Donald Trump an executive order targeting Section 230 after Twitter two of his tweets.
As points out, the parties disagreed on holding this hearing for that very reason. The top Democrat on the committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell, was against the subpoenas, which were originally introduced by the committee chairman, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. However, CNBC reports that Cantwell changed her position after Republicans added “language in the subpoena about privacy and ‘media domination.'”
Cantwell specifically remarked in a statement how her initial position was because she didn’t want to see a “chilling effect on individuals who are in a process of trying to crack down on hate speech or misinformation about Covid during a pandemic.”
[When you say her initial position, did you mean her initial position against holding the hearing? Or her initial position against making any changes to Section 230? Would be good to clarify.]
According to the , the Congressional report concerning the event will likely be published next week. Then, we’ll have more information about when Zuckerberg, Pichai, and Dorsey head back to Capitol Hill. Although, just like the Zuckerberg and Pichai faced questions from Congress in July, it’ll probably be virtually due to the pandemic.