The hearing is likely to take place before November 3, the day of the US presidential election, and will discuss the reform of section 230 of the communications Decency Act. This clause provides the right to protect users content for social platforms of technology companies, and protects social platforms of Internet companies from being held responsible for improper content published by users.
Earlier, Maria Cantwell, the Democratic leader on the committee, had opposed the motion, saying she was opposed to using the committees serious subpoena power for partisan struggle less than 40 days before election day. But on Thursday she changed her mind and voted for the motion.
I cant wait to ask Facebook CEO Zuckerberg more questions. I welcome the debate on section 230, Cantwell said
The committee is headed by Republican Senator Roger wicker, who initially asked executives of the companies to come to the hearing voluntarily on October 1 and prepared to issue subpoenas last week.
After inviting these executives, I regret that they have again refused to participate and to answer questions that are so obvious and urgent to the American people, wick said
Republican president trump has made it a theme of his governments work to hold technology companies accountable for silencing conservative voices. As a result, the call for reform of Article 230 has been growing in the run-up to the election. However, the chances of Congress passing the amendment this year are almost nil.
Last week, trump met with the Attorney General of nine Republican states to discuss the amendment of section 230. Prior to that, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a legislative proposal to reform the provisions of the law.
The chief executives of Google, Facebook, apple and Amazon recently testified at an antitrust panel hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. The team is investigating whether the companies business practices are hurting competitors, and a report on the investigation is expected to be released as early as next Monday. (Tianmen Mountain)