May 24, 2021 - Technology

Scoop: E&C leader talks tech reform with Facebook, Google, Twitter

Illustration of a computer with arrows shot into it as if it's a target.  

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The leader of a key House committee discussed legislative proposals on reining in Big Tech content moderation practices with Facebook, Google, Twitter and others Monday, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Lawmakers are working toward making good on their promise to pass new laws to curb tech's power.

What happened: House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and other Democrats on the committee met with the companies, civil rights and public interest groups to discuss tech legislation with a focus on protecting marginalized communities, a Democratic aide told Axios.

  • One of the proposals up for discussion was a bill from Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) called the Civil Rights Modernization Act, which would amend online liability shield Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act so that civil rights laws apply to targeted advertising.
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