There isn’t much that Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill agree on these days. But when it comes to reforming a decades-old law that shields large social media companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter from lawsuits over the content their users post on their platforms, there is agreement that something needs to be done.
On Wednesday, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee to discuss potential legislation that would limit protections for social media companies under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which provides a shield to online publishers from liability for content generated by users. Several proposals have already been introduced.
Republicans railed against the companies and their CEOs,