Hello and welcome to today’s Senate hearings, which will interrogate how the internet in the US is fundamentally regulated – fun!
I am one of the Guardian’s West Coast technology reporters and I will be providing you with live updates throughout the day.
You can catch up on everything you need to know about section 230 and today’s hearing with our preview story from yesterday.
In summary, the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google will be answering to Congress about protections they are granted under Section 230, a law underpinning US internet regulation that exempts platforms from legal liability for content generated by its users.
Republicans (inaccurately) think this law is being used to censor conservative speech. Thus there will likely be a lot of focus on how these platforms moderate content. Other lawmakers have raised questions about Big Tech ahead of the hearings, including its effects on local news.
Stay tuned for updates.