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Zuckerberg defends inaction on Steve Bannon's page

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies remotely as U.S. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled, "Breaking the News: Censorship, Suppression, and the 2020 Election" on Capitol Hill on November 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is also scheduled to testify remotely. (Photo by Hannah McKay-Pool/Getty Images)

Zuckerberg flatly rejected pressure to ban Steve Bannon’s Facebook account.

What's happening: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Facebook CEO added that the company does take down accounts that post content related to terrorism or child exploitation the first time they do so.

Last week, Zuckerberg told employees at a company meeting that the video was not enough of a violation of Facebook's rules to permanently suspend the former White House chief strategist from the platform, an employee told CNN.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai appeared at last month's Senate Commerce Committee hearing alongside his Facebook and Twitter counterparts, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, but Google has often escaped (or avoided) the same level of scrutiny from lawmakers.

Both executives agreed with Graham that the government should not be involved in setting out what content should be removed from tech platforms. “I think it would be very challenging,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey and Zuckerberg opened their testimony by acknowledging questions about the way their companies handled political content, particularly surrounding the election.

Dorsey said he recognized that Twitter made a mistake in the way it handled the New York Post story about Hunter Biden, saying the company quickly moved to update its policies on hacked materials.

But then he said that tech companies enjoy enormous power rivaling governments and legacy media companies, referring to Facebook and Twitter's decisions to suppress a viral but baseless story by the New York Post containing unfounded allegations about Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey will tell senators that the company applied contextual warning labels to 300,000 tweets between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11, according to his prepared testimony.

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