The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday grilled the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google over their respective content moderation practices.
On paper, the hearing was supposed to focus on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That provision shields internet platforms from liability for their moderation practices and content posted by users, and although it allowed the early internet to flourish, it has since come under scrutiny.
After being issued subpoenas, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey all appeared via Zoom call Wednesday before the Senate Commerce Committee.
Despite the planned focus on Section 230, many senators strayed from the brief and instead asked questions about election interference, antitrust topics, and the alleged censorship of political opinions.
Republicans largely went after the tech executives over the issue of alleged censorship of conservative voices. Sen. Ted Cruz, for example, criticized