(HorizonPost.com) – The CEOs of three Silicon Valley giants — Google, Twitter, and Facebook — appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee to answer questions about alleged abuses of the liability protection afforded them by the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Even before the hearing started, it was predicted that Twitter headman Jack Dorsey would try to build a convoluted case claiming easing those rules would lead to more censorship, not less.
Testifying in the Senate today, @Jack will trot out a series of straw man arguments to defend the sweetheart deal Big Tech enjoys under Section 230.
His suggestion that any reforms to Section 230 will result in more censorship, not less, does not withstand even casual scrutiny. https://t.co/qJ2lfdePwj
— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) October 28, 2020
President Donald Trump and other Conservative voices have maintained that these companies have unfairly censored and/or removed their posts to boost the Democratic Party’s nominee Joe Biden’s chances of winning the upcoming election. There is bipartisan support for reducing their shield, but the Liberals argument comes because they accused the platforms of failing to reduce “harmful content.”
With hundreds of millions of subscribers, many of whom rely on the services for their daily news, a lopsided presentation of information might have an enormous effect on the outcome of the November 2020 elections. That should concern all Americans, especially considering that countries like Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union thrived because of the imbalance of information available to their citizens.
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