The House of Representatives released opening statements by Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai ahead of Thursday’s session during which executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google testified before a Congressional committee on disinformation.
Zuckerberg amended Section 230 of the Communications Etiquette Act of 1996, which protects internet companies from liability for user actions.
He reiterated Facebook’s support for the updated Internet rules and expressed its hope that Congress would approve the deliberate reform of Section 230.
Zuckerberg noted that while governance principles are still relevant, the Internet has changed dramatically in the past 25 years, and he suggested that Section 230 use deliberate changes to make it work better for people.
“We believe Congress should consider making sure that the platform’s mediation protection for certain types of illegal content depends on companies’ ability to comply with best practices in combating the spread of such content, ”Zuckerberg said.
He added that instead of granting immunity, the platforms should be required to prove that they have systems in place to detect and remove illegal content, and the platforms should not be held responsible if a certain part of the content is far from discovery, which would be impractical. For platforms that publish billions of posts daily, but they must have adequate systems in place to deal with illegal content.
Zuckerberg suggested that best practices should not address unrelated issues such as encryption or privacy changes that deserve a full discussion on their own.
He said, “These appropriate systems do not have to meet global standards. Alternatively, they can be proportional to the size of the platform and installed externally ”.
Mark Zuckerberg’s proposal, if passed by Congress, would not require Facebook to make many changes to its current censorship practices.
It could, however, alleviate some of the concerns raised by Section 230 to many, as Senators introduced a number of bills and proposals to reform it.
The President of the United States (Joe Biden) called for the complete abolition of Article 230 during his election campaign.