The meeting included nine top Biden advisers, as well as the CEOs of Mozilla, which owns the Firefox search engine, and Sonos, a smart speaker company. Karl Racine, Attorney General of Washington, DC, and child safety and health experts were also present. Major tech and social media platforms did not attend the event. Google spokesman Jose Castaneda and Meta spokesman Andy Stone each said their respective companies were not invited.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to answer directly when asked during Thursday’s press briefing why big tech companies weren’t invited to the “meeting.” listen”.
Your Congress turn: Biden cannot get rid of the Section 230 liability shield without congressional action. representing Jan Schakowski (D-Ill.), who leads the House Energy and Commerce consumer protection panel, said she supports Biden’s calls for “fundamental reforms” to Section 230.
A spokesman for the Rep. Cathy McMorrisRodgers (R-Wash.), a ranking committee member, said, “This administration is using Big Tech to silence its adversaries so they can advance their own power. Any reform of Section 230 should lead to more talk, not less.
But there is little bipartisan consensus on how to fix the law. Democrats want to hold tech companies accountable for extremist content, hate speech and misinformation, while Republicans want platforms accountable for censoring conservative viewpoints. If Republicans win the House midterm, they should push through bills addressing anti-conservative bias.
Scorned companies: Both tech companies that took part — Mozilla and wireless headphone maker Sonos — were critical of big tech platforms. (Sonos and Google are involved in ongoing litigation.)
The Biden administration used the ‘listening session’ to announce six principles for reform, including the removal of Section 230 liability protections as well as tougher competition and life protection provisions. privacy, as well as calls to make algorithms more transparent and prevent them from discriminating against protected groups.