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Watch Live: Facebook, Google and Twitter CEOs testify on their legal shield, Section 230

CNBC logo CNBC 10/28/2020 Lauren Feiner
  • The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday.
  • The executives are tasked with defending their legal shield, Section 230, which lawmakers are keen to weaken.

The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday to defend their legal liability shield.

The hearing began at 10 a.m. ET.

Bipartisan members of the committee are eager to reform Section 230, which protects tech platforms from liability from their users' posts and also allows them to moderate and remove posts they find objectionable. The shield has come under attack from Republicans who accuse platforms of using it to shield them from claims of bias and Democrats who accuse them of failing to effectively remove harmful content.

The hearing will also cover the widespread desire for a digital privacy law and concerns about the tech platforms' impact on local media.

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