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Hearing Scheduled on Corporate Responsibility Online, Consumer Protection & the Pros and Cons of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Sep 26, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced today that the Communications and Technology and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittees will hold a joint hearing on Wednesday, October 16, exploring online content moderation practices and whether consumers are adequately protected under current law.

“The Internet has opened America’s homes to a wealth of social, economic and educational opportunities.  Sadly, bad actors, both foreign and domestic, have abused this access to peddle extremism, disinformation and hatred that divides our nation,” Pallone, Doyle, and Schakowsky said.  “This hearing will explore whether online companies are appropriately using the tools they have – including protections Congress granted in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act – to foster a healthier Internet.”

Additional details will be announced the week before the hearing.