Twitter's Dorsey says eroding Section 230 could 'collapse' Internet communication

Oct. 27, 2020 2:08 PM ETTwitter, Inc. (TWTR)GOOG, TWTR, META, GOOGLBy: Jason Aycock, SA News Editor245 Comments
  • Ahead of Senate committee testimony tomorrow, Twitter (TWTR +4.3%) CEO Jack Dorsey will speak up in defense of Section 230, the liability protection for tech companies that is "the Internet's most important law for free speech and safety."
  • Dorsey is set to appear in a key hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee along with Facebook (FB +2.3%) chief Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet (GOOG +0.4%, GOOGL +0.5%) CEO Sundar Pichai.
  • The group has come under fire from political conservatives accusing them of censoring voices under the guise of disinformation protection measures.
  • In prepared remarks for his appearance, Dorsey says "eroding the foundation of Section 230 could collapse how we communicate on the Internet, leaving only a small number of giant and well-funded technology companies."
  • "We do our work recognizing that free speech and safety are interconnected and can sometimes be at odds," Dorsey says. "We must ensure that all voices can be heard, and we continue to make improvements to our service so that everyone feels safe participating in the public conversation - whether they are speaking or simply listening. The protections offered by Section 230 help us achieve this important objective."
  • Updated 3 p.m.: Facebook chief Zuckerberg's prepared testimony takes a more measured tone, saying Section 230 is important but is ripe for update.

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