Facebook (NASDAQ: FB ) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg took steps on Wednesday to reform internet rules, saying companies should be granted immunity from liability only if they follow best practices to remove harmful material from their platforms.
In testimony prepared for a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittees on Thursday, Zuckerberg acknowledged calls for changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives companies like Facebook immunity from liability. for the content posted by users. Facebook, along with Twitter and Alphabet’s Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL), whose CEOs Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai also testified Thursday, have come under fire from Democrats for misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, some of it by foreign actors.
“We believe that Congress should consider making platforms’ intermediary liability protection for certain types of illegal content conditional on the ability of companies to comply with best practices to combat the spread of this content,” he said in prepared testimony. “Platforms should not be held responsible if particular content evades detection, that would not be practical for platforms with billions of posts per day,” he wrote.