Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook, attended a heated discussion at court. The prime reason was to defend themselves at court. Lately news articles have come afloat, alleging news editing by these platforms. It has created quite a ruckus worldwide. One senator accused the platforms for alleged misappropriation of news.
Allegations Of Mishandling Political News
This is the second hearing in less than one month. Social media platforms Twitter and Facebook both came under fire. They have been accused of handling political news in a very inappropriate manner. Both Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, testified from remote locations for the case. The aim of the hearing was to discuss the allegations regarding suppression of news. Moreover, both were accused of mishandling the 2020 elections.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, chaired the judiciary committee hearing and reportedly warned the head honchos, to handle such news in a responsible fashion. Filtering, removal or inappropriate handling of political news comes under new rules and regulations. Graham told both CEOs, that they were supposedly behaving like editors.
He has asked both CEOs to limit the distribution of a New York Post article that claims to expose malfeasance that involves the son of the President-elect Joe Biden. As per section 230, Graham there is a law, that gives so-called immunity to online content posted by others. He said, that this needed to change.
Reform Of Section 230 Under New Law
The Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal has also supported this view to reform section 230 while rebuking companies for non-action against Donald Trump. Reportedly, the current president has spread false information through the social media platforms to demean the President-elect Joe Biden.
Blumenthal further added, that these social media firms have crossed all limits, pertaining to the private lives. Moreover, they have reportedly profited a lot by stripping mining data and promoted hate speech. Furthermore, these social media platforms have been accused of voter suppression.
Republican Senator Mike Lee in the meanwhile, has denounced, having called the platforms to have a partisan approach and not neutral one in view of the election coverage. Blumenthal has also said, that Facebook seems to have buckled under pressure.
Moreover, Democrat Dianne Feinstein has questioned the platform Twitter, for its unverified tweets from Donald Trump, announcing election victory. The California has asked Twitter to be ultra-careful while allowing such spread of misinformation. However, both Dorsey and Zuckerberg said that they are open to reforms. However, they also added, that their platforms should not be treated as publishers of misinformation. They said, that they open to the reforms that do not demean anyone in particular.
Both heads of social media platforms have said, that they handle all such news extremely responsibly. And, they are making efforts to curb misinformation. 150 million content has been reportedly flagged for misinformation. Both platforms have said, that they cater to non-usage of political viewpoints, party affiliations, and ideologies in its entirety. Thus, both platforms has begun to limit Trump’s tweets. Thus, both platforms are on the firing line for these activities today.