Senate Committee Subpoenas Tech CEOs
Recently, the Senate Commerce Committee agreed to subpoena the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. They subpoenaed the executives due to their concerns linked to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Reports revealed that Section 230 serves as a liability shield for online companies. As of this time, “websites and online services aren’t held liable for what their users post.”
Thus, the committee motioned unanimously to summon Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey to affirm about Section 230 if they refuse to come voluntarily.
President Trump is personally involved in Section 230 after Twitter fact-checked two of his tweets. According to him, the company engages in censorship. Thus, he confirmed that he would sign an executive order urging the FCC to impose new regulations on the provision.
Meanwhile, Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said that Section 230 “should be revoked.” He added that he plans to do just that if elected. Just this week, Biden asserted that Facebook failed to prevent the spread of election misinformation.
On the other hand, Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asserted that it’s “dangerous” to allow tech companies to have “too much power.”
“Even if you happen to agree with them on a particular issue right now, ceding the power to the star chamber of Silicon Valley is profoundly dangerous,” he said.
Democrats backed the subpoena. However, they noted that Congress should avoid creating a “chilling effect” on tech companies currently battling hate speech and COVID-19 misinformation.
“What I don’t want to see is 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,” stated Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, the top Democrat on the committee.
“I welcome the debate about 230,” she added. “I think it should be a long and thoughtful process. Not sure that a long and thoughtful process will happen before the election, but I understand my colleagues’ desires here today.”
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