Congress Wants to Change Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Because It Doesn’t Like the Way the Internet Works
The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google will appear before the Senate Commerce Committee today to talk about how they moderate content on their respective platforms. Supposedly, the premise is that lawmakers are exploring whether they should change aspects of the law known as Section 230, which provides certain protections to platforms that host user-generated content.
There have been plenty of calls lately to change that law, most recently with the head of the FCC, Ajit Pai, saying that the Commission will reinterpret the law to mean the opposite of what it actually says. Previously, Senator Josh Hawley had introduced legislation to strip tech platforms of the protection provided by the law.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act basically gives platforms, like Facebook, the ability to moderate (or not moderate) content on its platform without legal liability. There are a few exceptions, most notably for copyright infringement and criminal