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Leading U.S. Senators have defied the CEOs of Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., renewing accusations that companies are not moderating online rhetoric and called for changes in legal protections that benefit the industry. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to answer questions about content moderation and their role in political discourse. The Tories have criticized both companies for what they call unfair coping with right-wing content, including messages from US President Donald Trump from election day that falsely claimed victory. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, chairman of the committee, questioned corporate decisions to limit the circulation of a recent New York Post article that could have been politically damaging to Democrat Joe Biden. “It seems to me that you are the ultimate copywriter,” he says. “If that doesn’t make an editorial decision, I don’t know what it would be.” These types of decisions, Graham added, mean the government must review the legal shield these platforms receive under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects their treatment of user content. “Section 230 needs to be changed because we can’t get here without change,” he said. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, also called for Section 230 reform and criticized companies for not doing enough to control their services. “You have built terrifying tools of persuasion and manipulation with power far surpassing the thief barons of the last golden age,” he said. “You have failed in your responsibility.” The hearing follows a controversial election, in which both companies enforced disinformation rules. Twitter has flagged Trump’s posts dozens of times in recent days for breaking disinformation rules and undermining election results, and in some cases the company has hidden its tweets behind warning screens. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original programming covering business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories that change your business and your world. To watch full coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV, and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Connect with us on… YouTube: Latest news on YouTube: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

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