U.S. technology companies came under fire on Capitol Hill Tuesday for bowing to pressure by foreign governments to censor or block Internet sites in countries like Iran or China.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), who chairs a Senate Judiciary Committee panel, said at a hearing he will introduce legislation "that would require Internet companies to take reasonable steps to protect human rights or face civil or criminal liability."
Companies argue that the laws of the countries in which they operate sometimes require censorship or Web-site restrictions.
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