The Week in Tech: Are Lawmakers Too Eager to Weaken Big Tech’s Legal Shield?

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  1. Minimalist

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    Interesting. That could really screw up forums like Wilders.
     
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    "Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations of political bias

    President Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday that could open the door for federal officials to try to penalize Facebook, Google and Twitter for the way they moderate content on their sites...

    Trump’s directive chiefly seeks to embolden federal regulators to rethink a portion of law known as Section 230, which spares tech companies from being held liable for the comments, videos and other content posted by their users...

    It would task the Commerce Department to petition the Federal Communications Commission to open a rulemaking proceeding to reconsider the scope of the law, the people familiar with the document said. It also would seek to channel complaints about political bias to the Federal Trade Commission for investigation, which would be encouraged to probe if tech companies’ content-moderation policies are in keeping with their pledges for neutrality..."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/05/27/trump-twitter-executive-order/
     
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    FYI: Draft of the Executive Order on social media and Section 230

    https://kateklonick.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/DRAFT-EO-Preventing-Online-Censorship.pdf
     
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    Wow. I agree with that. Which is a little creepy, but there it is :eek:
     
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    "Justice Department to Propose Limiting Internet Firms’ Protections

    WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is set to propose a roll back of legal protections that online platforms have enjoyed for more than two decades, in an effort to make tech companies more responsible in how they police their content...

    The department’s proposed reforms, to be announced as soon as Wednesday, are designed to spur online platforms to be more aggressive in addressing illicit and harmful conduct on their sites, and to be fairer and more consistent in their decisions to take down content they find objectionable...

    The sweeping protections now enjoyed by tech firms were established by Congress in the internet’s early days, through a provision known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Under that law, tech platforms are generally not legally liable for actions of their users, except in relatively narrow circumstances..."

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/justic...miting-internet-firms-protections-11592391602
     
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