Democratic Representative Ted Lieu made an appearance during a segment on CNN Wednesday where he admitted he would “love to regulate the content of speech.”
However, Lieu conceded that he is prevented from doing such a thing because of the first amendment.
CNN host Brianna Keilar also asked Lieu if he and his colleagues should have spent more time asking about the platform’s efforts to counter the dissemination of conspiracy theories and hate speech following Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s hearing before the Judiciary Committee.
“It’s a very good point you make,” Lieu responded. “I would love if I could have more than five minutes to question witnesses. Unfortunately, I don’t get that opportunity. However, I would love to be able to regulate the content of speech. The First Amendment prevents me from doing so, and that’s simply a function of the First Amendment, but I think over the long run, it’s better the government does not regulate the content of speech.”
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