Section 230 allows Google to provide access to a wide range of information, including high-quality local journalism, while responsibly protecting people from harm and keeping their information private, Sundar said. Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google.
Appearing before a US Senate hearing with Twitter IEC Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday night, Pichai said: could have on businesses and customers.
Section 230 states that “no provider or user of an interactive computing service shall be deemed to be the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another provider of information content.”
Under US law, Internet businesses are generally exempt from any liability for the content that users post to the platforms.
President Donald Trump has challenged this via an executive order that threatens to remove those protections if online platforms engage in “editorial decisions.”
Pichai said Google is deeply aware of the opportunities and risks created by the Internet.
“I’m proud that Google’s information services like Search, Gmail, Maps and Photos deliver thousands of dollars a year to the average American – for free,” he said in his remarks.
“We have also taken many steps to develop high quality journalism, from sending 24 billion hits to news websites around the world each month to our recent $ 1 billion investment in partnerships. with news editors “.
Pichai stressed, “Be clear: we approach our work without political bias, period. To do otherwise would be contrary to both our business interests and our mission, which requires us to make information accessible to all types of people, no matter where they live or what they believe.
The United States adopted Section 230 early in the history of the Internet, and it was the basis of American leadership in technology.
It protects the freedom to create and share content while supporting the ability of platforms and services of all sizes to responsibly address harmful content.
“At the end of the day, we all share the same goal: free access to information for all and responsible protection of people and their data,” said Pichai.
The US Senate hearing came just a week after the US Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Google, which argues that both advertisers and ordinary people are harmed by the tech giant’s position as a “gateway undisputed to the Internet for billions of users worldwide “.
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