WASHINGTON— Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Congress should consider forcing digital platforms to earn the legal immunity they enjoy hosting third-party content, a legal change that could affect a range of online businesses.
In written testimony submitted ahead of a House committee hearing Thursday, Mr. Zuckerberg suggested changes to Section 230, the law that says platforms such as Facebook generally aren’t liable for what their users post.
“Instead of being granted immunity, platforms should be required to demonstrate that they have systems in place for identifying unlawful content and removing it,” he said.
The comments were the most detailed yet from Mr. Zuckerberg on the issue. He had previously signaled openness to changing Section 230 in more general terms.
Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned that Section 230 gives large tech companies too much leeway to decide what information Americans see, though the parties have different concerns.