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Tech Braces for Intensified Scrutiny Following Capitol Siege, Democrats Winning Control of Senate

Bhaskar Chakravorti discusses how the Capitol Riots on January 6, 2021 may reshape the future of tech as we know it

January 8, 2021

Capitol Hill Riots
In an interview with MarketWatch, Bhaskar Chakravorti calls on policymakers to learn from social media’s role in the Capitol siege earlier this month.
 
“January 6 ought to shape the future of tech as we know it,” Bhaskar Chakravorti, dean of global business at Tufts University’s Fletcher School, told MarketWatch. “The only way in which social media doesn’t continue to be weaponized to undermine democracy is by rethinking this critical piece [Section 230] that gave rise to the web as it is today and is the root of many of its evils. This puts the future of social-media regulation front and center of the Big Tech agenda.”
 
According to MarketWatch’s Jon Swartz, bipartisan support was already high for changes to be made to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 spares social-media sites from being held liable for the content posted by their users. Swartz explains that while Republicans insist there is a bias against conservative values, Democrats counter that social media doesn’t go far enough to tamp down on hate speech and misinformation.
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