Tech giants support Section 230 reform

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March 26, 2021, 3:32 PM GMT+0

Facebook, Google and Twitter indicated support for content moderation rules in Section 230 reform.

During the recent joint House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on disinformation, US lawmakers announced plans to update Section 230. The lawmakers told chief executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter they are ready to legislate to stop the spread of disinformation and extremism on their platforms.

Both Democrats and Republicans blamed tech executives for harms intensified by their platforms. While Democrats highlighted issues like COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and extremism, Republicans highlighted censorship bias and child exploitation.

However, all three CEOs signalled support for new rules that would require transparency around content moderation policies. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said, “I think it would be reasonable to condition [Section 230] immunity for the larger platforms on having a general effective system in place to moderate clearly illegal types of content.”

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