"Who Elected You?" US Senator Grills Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs

"Who Elected You?" US Senator Grills Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs

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October 29, 2020

Democrats and Republicans grilled Facebook, Google and Twitter at a highly partisan congressional hearing Wednesday that exposed differing views and deep distrust about the power of Silicon Valley to police the web.

New Delhi, 29 October 2020

Senate lawmakers had invited the three tech giants' top executives to testify as part of a broad review of decades-old federal laws known as Section 230 that spare social media sites from being held liable for the posts, photos and videos they allow or remove -- rules that many members of Congress increasingly have come to see as outdated. Even Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said he believes it is necessary to "update the law." Caught in the middle were Facebook, Google and Twitter, under pressure from Democrats to patrol their sites and services more aggressively and Republicans who felt the companies should have a more hands-off role with most political speech. The mixed signals threatened to add new complications to the tech giants' already controversial work to protect the world's most popular digital communications channels from abuse. And it evoked the lingering, widespread unease in Washington with the political and economic leverage the three companies have amassed and the ways they seek to wield it.

Source -NDTV


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