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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg known for reforms into one of the US’ main internet laws Thursday because lawmakers vowed to kickstart their regulatory grip on social networking companies.
Throughout his third congressional hearing six months, Zuckerberg created the situation for updating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act while protecting his company against criticism that it has failed to snuff out misinformation.
“We feel that connectivity and togetherness are stronger ideals than division and discord and technology can be a part of this solution to the challenges that our society is facing,” he informed the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “And we are all set to use you to proceed beyond hearings and get started on real reform.”
Zuckerberg’s virtual testimony alongside Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai came amid moves by congressional Democrats to creep up scrutiny on Silicon Valley in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, for they say social networking firms bear a certain responsibility.
Zuckerberg said large platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube should only receive that security should they have systems set up to remove”clearly illegal” articles, like articles involving sex trafficking or terrorism — though he contended they shouldn’t be held liable in case a piece of such content slips through the cracks.
He also said big players should have to put out reports about the incidence of harmful content in their own platforms, something Facebook does each quarter. Dorsey and Pichai said that they had been open to some of Zuckerberg’s suggested changes.
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“For bigger platforms, I believe we will need to be cautious about any modifications that we make that remove their immunity since that may hurt competition,” said Zuckerberg, whose firm is facing double antitrust lawsuits against the Federal Trade Commission and 46 states.
Regardless of Zuckerberg’s openness to change, lawmakers needled the tech executives over their struggles to handle misinformation while vowing to impose stricter legislation.
When Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pennsylvania) requested the 3 CEOs if their programs bore responsibility for its deadly Capitol insurrection, only Dorsey said yes, though he added that the”broader ecosystem” had to be contemplated.
Republicans, meanwhile, raised concerns about Big Tech being biased against conservatives and social media fueling youth suicides.
“Self-regulation has come to the conclusion of its street,” said Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Illinois). “The regulation which we search should not make an effort to limit constitutionally protected liberty of speech, but it must hold platforms liable when they are utilized to incite violence and hatred.”
With Post wires