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LIVE: Zuckerberg and Dorsey face Senate censorship demands in 2020 election



Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter Inc.’s Jack Dorsey will be forced to defend themselves against accusations by Republican senators that their labeling of President Donald Trump’s social media posts claiming that voter fraud was false or misleading amounts to a censorship of conservative content. . Social media chief executives are expected to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday when they appear in Congress for the second time in a month to defend against accusations of silencing the Tories. The session will likely focus on Twitter and Facebook’s handling of Trump’s statements about the electoral process and results, many of which have been labeled as false or misleading, as well as their handling of an October article in New York. Post that was potentially damaging to Democrat Joe Biden. During a tense hearing that month, Zuckerberg and Dorsey heard complaints that they were trying to tip the scales for Biden in the upcoming election. Now they face a GOP who, for the most part, failed to recognize Biden as president-elect. Censorship complaints aren’t the only political problem for CEOs: Many conservative users are trying a competitor, Parler Inc., which is courting right-wing influencers. Some moving to Parler urge others to follow them there. Social media sites are also to look for clues as to the policies that will be adopted by President-elect Biden, who has expressed concerns about certain corporate practices. Dorsey will make similar arguments to those he made last month, raising the possibility that users could customize their feeds through ‘algorithmic choice’, which would allow them to choose between different methods of determining what they see in their flow, according to a copy of his prepared testimony. Right now, this solution is moot, but Dorsey envisions a world where users have a choice of multiple algorithms, including some that are created outside of social media companies themselves. Dorsey will also tell Congress that he is open to changes to a liability shield that protects online businesses from lawsuits regarding many types of user content and makes it easier for them to remove posts. At the same time, he warns of the “unintended consequences” of swift changes to the provision, known as section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. “Eliminating Section 230 altogether or prescribing reactionary government speech mandates will not address concerns or align with the First Amendment,” Dorsey said. Lawmakers on both sides have criticized the law, but many Republicans have called for changes to force companies to leave more conservative content. Alleged bias against right-wing voices has long been Republicans’ biggest accusation against social media platforms, but the 2020 U.S. election brought those accusations to the fore. Speaking to reporters at the White House two days after the election, Trump himself made baseless statements about “historic election meddling by big media, money and big tech.” Trump contested the election loudly and repeatedly on Facebook and Twitter, and now breaks corporate voting rules almost daily. On Twitter, dozens of Trump’s tweets since election night have been tagged for various rule violations, including sharing misleading information about the results of the vote or attempting to reduce election results. On Sunday, he withdrew from an unspoken concession, tweeting that Biden had only won in the eyes of the media. Facebook has also tagged most of Trump’s posts since the Nov. 3 election, although it tags all political posts, regardless of their precision. Still, some of the recent labels directly contradicted statements Trump made about the outcome and said, “Joe Biden is the expected winner of the 2020 US presidential election.” 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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