Senate Hearings with Heads of Facebook and Twitter

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Senate Hearings with Heads of Facebook and Twitter

Senate Hearings with Heads of Facebook and Twitter

Legal Committee hearing on censorship and suppression of voter will in the context of elections

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings Tuesday on Censorship and Voter Suppression in the Context of the 2020 Election.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are taking part in the hearing. They perform remotely.

In particular, we are talking about section 230 of the Telecommunications Decency Act, which protects companies from liability for user content..

According to Dorsey’s prepared speech, he is calling on Congress to work with tech companies and civil society to build “a flexible Internet that people can trust.” In his opinion, the elimination of section 230 or the introduction of a reactionary policy of censorship will not solve the existing problems and will contradict the First Amendment to the Constitution..

“During the 2020 elections, we saw a record number of election-related discussions on Twitter. Our teams have worked and will continue to actively work to safeguard the integrity of this public comment. In our electoral work, we have taken a three-pronged approach, focusing our efforts on protecting our services through our policies, products and partnerships. We will prepare a more detailed retrospective of all of our work in connection with the 2020 US elections in early 2021. In the run-up to the 2020 elections, we have made significant improvements to our policy to protect election integrity. We have removed or flagged, inter alia, false or misleading information about electoral participation, content designed to intimidate or dissuade people from participating in elections; content that is misleading about the law, content that is misleading about the election results, ”said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter.

Zuckerberg’s speech focuses on initiatives launched by Facebook ahead of the elections to support democratic institutions and protect the integrity of the electoral process..

“First, we have actively supported civic participation in elections on our platform. We ran the largest voting information campaign in American history. We estimate that we have helped 4.5 million people register to vote through Facebook, Instagram and Messenger, and have helped approximately 100,000 people sign up for polls. Our platform has helped people get involved in the democratic process. Secondly, we actively fought against disinformation and suppression of the expression of will. People tell us they don’t want to see misinformation on Facebook, and we don’t want to either. We have partnered with election officials to remove false allegations of voting conditions and have issued warnings on over 150 million materials after being verified by independent fact-checking organizations, ”said Facebook CEO.

Eliminating section 230 could lead to heavy censorship, Zuckerberg said, as online platforms will be held accountable for whatever users say. At the same time, in the absence of this section, platforms may face the threat of legal action even for basic moderation, such as deleting hateful comments. The head of Facebook calls for an update of this section and expresses readiness to work with Congress in this direction..

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  • Alexander Yanevsky

    Journalist. Graduated Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Worked on the channel «1 + 1» and «Channel 5». On «Voice of America» since 2014. Was one of two correspondents «Voices of America», covering the Russian presidential elections in 2018 from Moscow. He pays attention to the topic of US-Ukrainian and US-Russian relations. Actively covered the case of Paul Manafort and Maria Butina.

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