Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey grilled over ‘censorship’ in Senate hearing
FACEBOOK’S Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey are facing another grilling from the Senate over censorship today.
The hearing kicked off on Tuesday morning and saw senators like Republican Lindsay Graham address lawmakers question the social media moguls.
Graham told Zuckerberg and Dorsey that he felt large social media companies should be subject to "judgements about their judgements."
Sen Richard Blumenthal vowed to bring "aggressive reform" to Section 230 but cautioned against being members of the "speech police."
"Harms have been caused by big tech because you have failed in your responsibility as have others in this industry," he said. "Your platforms have … weaponized white supremacists.
"You have set back consumers in competitions making that kind of anti-trust action very important," he added. "I look forward to an opportunity of real change."
Dorsey addressed the committee and acknowledged that Twitter was there for blocking users from sharing a New York Post article.
"We admitted this action was wrong and corrected it within 24 hours," he said, explaining that the organization thought the contents of Hunter Bidens laptop were obtained through hacking.
"We acknowledge there are still concerns around how we moderate content," he continued, before discussing the election.
Dorsey said they incorporated product changes and updated their policy to prevent posts which would confuse people about voting.
He said they flagged over 300,000 tweets from late October until November 11.
Zuckerberg then had the floor, citing Facebooks efforts to protect the 2020 election and said the company helped around 4.5 million people register to vote.
He said he and his wife Priscilla donated $400 million dollars to help election workers around the country.
"I'm proud of the work we've done," Zuckerberg said during his address.
Graham asked Dorsey how he felt about his and Blumenthal's statement and the Twitter exec replied that it seemed like they were "facing something that feel impossible."
Zuckerberg said he heard that there were issues around content and updating rules of the internet.
"There may be now enough common ground on views that real progress can be made here," Facebook's boss said.
More to follow…
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