Hate speech, censorship, Capitol riot, Section 230: Lawmakers slam Facebook, Google and Twitter, warn of regulation

Lawmakers slammed the leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter for the role of their companies in the deadly Capitol attack and for failing to police hate speech, conspiracy theories, extremism and COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation on their platforms, warning that Washington is prepared to crack down.

The marathon hearing, the first since the attack and since Democrats took the White House and Congress, lasted more than five hours, as angry lawmakers honed in on everything from online censorship to the safety of children in a tense back-and-forth with executives concerned they may lose legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The decades-old law shields social media companies from legal liability for what their users post and gives the platforms broad immunity when moderating “objectionable” content.

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