Why Congress is never going to fix a legal shield that Big Tech loves

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020This article was first featured in Yahoo Finance Tech, a weekly newsletter highlighting our original content on the industry. Get it sent directly to your inbox every Wednesday by 4 p.m. ET. SubscribeThe law that created the modern internet needs to be fixed. Congress won’t do it.For the second time in less than a month, Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter (TWTR) CEO Jack Dorsey testified before Congress on Tuesday about Section 230 — the law that helped build the modern internet and that has become a flashpoint for both Democrats and Republicans.Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives online platforms a liability shield when they take a “good faith” approach to moderating user-generated content on their services. It’s why we have sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Yelp. And both Democrats and Republicans hate it. But for very different reasons. Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, testifies remotely as Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) looks on during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by BILL CLARK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)“Democrats want the tech companies to do more to remove disinformation and hate speech. The Republicans, by contrast, want to preclude them from …

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