House Dems: Unchecked Big Tech Is Dangerous Threat to Democracy
By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 11-17-21
Arguing that the “infection” of Big Tech algorithms threatens democracy, a threat from companies putting profits before people, the House Energy & Commerce Committee has scheduled two Big Tech-related legislative hearings for December, meaning Democrats are serious about passing bills to rein in social media platforms, including by tightening the Sec. 230 immunity they now have from civil liability over most of the third-party content on their platforms.
The hearings are scheduled for Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 and were announced by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.), Communications Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
The Dec. 1 hearing – in the Communications Subcommittee – is focused on reforming Sec. 230, or what they call “recalibrating” it “in a way that better incentivizes responsible actions by tech companies.” » Read More