The Senate today held a major hearing about the future of online speech and legislation allowing it to function as a web. Of the three big witnesses at the hearing, Google CEO Sundar Pichai on The Hot Seat can be expected to say his company was just Slap With a no-confidence motion by the DOJ. But no one was aware of Pichai’s name.
Regulatory issues around big technology have become so entrenched and entangled that none of the marque hearings in Congress advance the conversation. This is not to say that S.Annoter or emCongress acceptors are unable to ask questions or learn about issues. When politicians sit with experts for fact-finding hearings, such as recently Committee hearing On mistrust, they can be quite inquisitive and open-minded. But those sessions do not make headlines. And when you bring on Alphabet, Facebook and Twitter CEOs, it’s time put on a show.
Today’s hearing was almost completely dominatedAnetters trying to get shots on Twitter Jack Dorsey or Defining Hearing as Political Theater Before the Election. From the very beginning, Chairman Roger Wicker repeatedly referred to the CEO of Google properly instead of the beautiful puck-eye or pick-eye Wordplay This Soon-Dar Pesh-Chai. And of course, sometimes politicians have trouble with names, but basically Everyone on the committee elected to use Pichai’s name went on to consider it. Lucky for him, Pichai was truly ignored.
There was very little talk about it Section 230 Communications Decision Act. Known as the “26 words that make up the Internet”, this section gives liability protection to web services for content created by third-party users on their platforms. Law makers Both The sides Corridors are expressing a growing desire to change the law, But they often express different goals for changes. In a statement published ahead of today’s hearing, the digital activist group Fight for the Future was published Shelp “Blowing Section 230 would be disastrous for human rights and freedom of expression globally,” and such action would “make Big Tech monopolies like Facebook and Google even more powerful in the process.” Such a statement could be useful if anyone at the hearing was arguing to blow up Section 230, but the lawmen spent most of the time bringing personal complaints.
Colorado Senator Corey Gardner got the role for the Republican, asking the CEO of Twitter, “Mr. Dorsey, do you believe that the Holocaust actually happened? “No conversation starts This is how good results have ever come. Gardner’s final point was that Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini is an apocalyptic country and Twitter has not slapped him with fact-checking, the way it has been for President Trump on a regular basis in recent weeks. Dorsey reported that Twitter does not prohibit misinformation unless it falls into one of three different categories: media, public health and election intervention.
The exchange was jointly misleading and required Dorsey to point out complications in Twitter’s policies that might surprise him. For the average user. Further inquiries along this line continued from other S.Enators throughout the session. An sThe enator points to one of the world’s worst dictators and “You let this man tweet, but when our man does this, you censor him.” It was tedious and Dorsey was needed to explain various policies for world leaders and newness.
Senator Mike Lee of Utah recently made news for contracting Kovid-19 and tweeting Democracy is contradictory to what Americans want for our country. Lee’s total punk, But they did not accept Dorsey’s Twitter “Everyone has the right to determine and interpret their terms of service and to make decisions about violations.” This is a fundamental point that conservative critics do not want to accept. These platforms can “censor” anything. If you want to argue that they are so powerful that they should not be allowed to moderate any legal speech, then you are growing more into an opposing argument, and very Conservatives are not interested in breaking up corporations.
Lee wanted to ask for similar enforcement of policies. He went down the line, asking each CEO if they could name a “high-profile” liberal who has been punished on his network for violating the rules. This was an impenetrable question, requiring a high-profile and subjective assessment of knowledge of an individual’s personal ideology. None of the CEOs could think of an example that satisfied Lee and he declared victory. This is evidence that enforcement of social media policies has a negative impact on conservatives, which is unfair. This is not, in fact, evidence of anything. it suggests This high-profile liberal has violated TOS far less often than conservatives, but it does not prove that theory either.
Senators Ron Johnson and Marsha Blackburn came for silly hours. Johnson asked Dorsey A tweet In which a random person wrote:
Sen. Ron Johnson is my neighbor and strangled our dog, Buttons, in front of my 4-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. The police refused to investigate. This is a complete lie, but it is important to retweet and note that my lies are more likely to come up.
Johnson said his efforts to take the tweet failed And Twitter did not consider the tweet to be a violation of its policies. “How does this not affect civic integrity?” Johnson asked. Dorsey Was a little confused and he said he would get backEnator on it. Twitter did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment, but we are going to go ahead now and guess that the tweet was not considered a violation of anything because it is about a public person and specifically Tells that it is spreading a lie.
Blackburn finally gave Pichai a chance to shine. After asking Dorsey who elected Ayatollah, Blackburn pivoted to Google’s CEO. “Mr. Puhhyeye, Blake Lemoine, one of your engineers, still working with you?” S.The enator asked with a growing smile. Pichai replied that he was not sure that it was a current employee. Without remembering the beat, Blackburn explained, “Well, well, he has very vile things about me, And I was wondering if all of you are still working him there.
This question was related to a Google employee who got some attention Breitbart In 2018 for his claims that Blackburn is a “terrorist”. I, personally, feel a level of panic at the notion that sitting S.The enator decided to target a private person in a committee hearing because he said something about him two years ago, so we are going to say that the facts-The check returned the ‘truth’ on the same.
you get the idea. I amT was another informal show, And we haven’t even mentioned Ted Cruz Crazy-as-hell melted.
Often in these situations, we could at least try to get Democrats to talk about the main topic of the hearing, but it was not so today. Some asked on-topic questions, but never really tried to get anywhere. Most Democrats just wanted to note that this hearing is less than a week before the election and is clearly designed to focus on the conservative grip with social media – in particular, it would seem That was one last desperate attempt to spot the New York Post Shady story Hunter Biden story about twitter Silly restriction Before overturning his decision.
Senator John Tester expressed regret over the fact that the hearing had been halted and the subject had been closed. He asked his staff to spend it on frequent hearings about the political affiliation of private employees and claimed that the hearing instructions came from the White House. “This is baloney, folks,” Examiner said. “Take out the political trash and let’s hear the commerce do its job.”
Senators But will get a do-over November 17 When the Judiciary Committee makes another attack on the same subject.