Committee Held Hearing with Big Tech CEOs on Section 230

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing titled, “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The hearing examined whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has outlived its usefulness in today’s digital age. It also examined legislative proposals to modernize the decades-old law, increase transparency and accountability among big technology companies for their content moderation practices, and explored the impact of large ad-tech platforms on local journalism and consumer privacy. The hearing provided an opportunity to discuss the unintended consequences of Section 230’s liability shield and how best to preserve the internet as a forum for open discourse. 

Witnesses:

  • Mr. Jack Dorsey, Chief Executive Officer, Twitter
  • Mr. Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Alphabet Inc., Google
  • Mr. Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer, Facebook

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Full Committee Hearing

This hearing took place in the Russell Senate Office Building 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

*Note: All witnesses will participate remotely.

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