The Senate is voting to provide sub-phones to Facebook, Twitter, and Google CEOs

The Senate is voting to provide sub-phones to Facebook, Twitter, and Google CEOs
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This morning the Senate Business Council unexpectedly voted to provide sub-phones to Facebook, Twitter and Google leaders, forcing them to testify at a hearing — mostly before election day.

The board unanimously agreed in a bipartisan vote that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey should (almost) voluntarily appear as none of the three executives.

Zuckerberg and Pichai testified before a House judicial subcommittee earlier this year, along with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. That inquiry is about nominally hopeless issues Presses two completely different facts Democrats primarily ask about competition issues, while Republicans primarily accuse the Internet (and the unproven)Pro“Against Conservative Voices.

The Senate hearing, when it finally happens, reaffirms that it shows two completely parallel realities. Democrat members of the group initially did not vote in favor of the Saponis or were expected Maybe even ignore the vote. However, the group’s top Democrat, Sen. Maria Contewell (D-Wash.), Committee Chair Sen. Roger Wicker (R.-Miss.) Agreed to support the move after admitting that the trial included discussions about privacy. And “media dominance” in addition to questions About Section 230.

“I really can’t wait to ask Mr. Zuckerberg more questions,” Condwell said during the committee meeting. “I think the issues we discuss about how we function in an information age are very important.”

But he added, “What I do not want to see is a thrilling effect on individuals who try to prevent hate speech or misinformation about COVID during an epidemic. Some of these social sites that end part of this discussion have tried to move forward in a positive way and reduce misinformation.”

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Allegations of anti-Conservativeism often stem from the removal of false information about election and COVID-19 or the placement of warning labels, especially as the president and his re-election campaign often spread false claims about both Voting And Corona virus disease.

Conservative politicians and media figures are targeting Section 230 of the Internet The most important and most misunderstood law, Year-round. At the highest level, Section 230 allows web sites to more or less moderate the user content shared on those sites – however by creating the company that created the content, largely, moderately or not, it is responsible for sharing, not the existing site.

Several Republicans in Congress have introduced bills this year to reform or rewrite specific parts of the law. The Department of Justice also took an extraordinary step Proposed draft bill Section 230 to Congress, which would significantly weaken the protections and prevent most sites from managing the content on the grounds that it is “objectionable” but not illegal.

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