Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg fronted the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today and fielded some fierce questions from the likes of Ted Cruz and Ben Sasse.
Cruz began by seeking clarification over the nature and purpose of the platform by asking:
“Are you [Facebook] a first amendment speaker expressing your views, or are you a neutral public forum allowing everyone to speak?”
Cruz goes on to clarify saying that under the First Amendment it’s perfectly within their right as a public company to express their political opinion. Cruz then proceeds to point out several instances of the apparent suppression of conservative views as outlined in a May 2016 article by Gizmodo, implying the platform is engaged more in the former, than the latter.
Sasse changes focus and asks Zuckerburg to define hate-speech:
“Facebook may decide it needs to police a whole bunch of speech that I think America might be better off not being policed by one big company, that has one really big and powerful platform. Can you define hate-speech?”
Zuckerberg’s response isn’t exactly convincing.
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