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Republican Sen. Cory Gardner defended Section 230 in the middle of his line of questioning, even as he railed against the social media companies for their content moderation decisions.
"We have to be very careful and not rush to legislate in ways that stifle speech," Gardner said. "Congress should be focused on encouraging speech, not restricting it."
"The Constitution demands that we remember it," he added.
His comments came after Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker also expressed hesitance about paring back the law, bucking President Trump's calls to "repeal 230."
Emily Birnbaum ( @birnbaum_e) is a tech policy reporter with Protocol. Her coverage focuses on the U.S. government's attempts to regulate one of the most powerful industries in the world, with a focus on antitrust, privacy and politics. Previously, she worked as a tech policy reporter with The Hill after spending several months as a breaking news reporter. She is a Bethesda, Maryland native and proud Kenyon College alumna.