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24 November 2020

Partisan dunks eclipse Section 230 in Senate hearing on social media giants

Partisan dunks eclipse Section 230 in Senate hearing on social media giants


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Given the continued circulation of conspiracy theories and far-right recruitment on the platform, Democrats have put new pressure on Facebook to do more content moderation.

Meanwhile, President Trump and the Department of Justice have attacked Section 230 as a means for these platforms to remain unaccountable for how they perform content moderation.

These platforms don’t make any of the algorithms running their suggestions public, and had very limited information available about their new content moderation practices.

“Due to exceptional secrecy with which platforms protect their content moderation practices it’s been impossible to prove one way or another whether political bias actually exists.”.

Schatz on a bill that aims to add accountability to social media content practices while operating within the boundaries of Section 230.

But at least one leader in blockchain-based social media noted that proprietary controls over the algorithms running searches and content suggestions have no accountability because nobody ever sees them.

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