Section 230 — the US law that affords internet companies specific protections — was at the heart of the Wednesday’s US Senate committee hearing attended by the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google.
Just like the last big tech hearing in July, all three took a hammering from across the political divide about their respective approaches to content moderation without a great deal of agreement about what comes next for (Repeal of Section 230? Reform? Some kind of conditional cover?). It gave the sense, as Shira Ovide at the New York Times noted
, of being ‘not the hallmark of a serious exercise in policy-making’. If nothing else, just enjoy the beard-off between Jack Dorsey and Ted Cruz.