(Reuters) – The US Department of Justice unveiled a bill on Wednesday aimed at reforming the legal immunity of Internet companies and following up on President Donald Trump's earlier this year bid to crack down on tech giants.
The proposal aims to limit section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which offers major technical platforms such as Alphabet's Google LLC and Facebook Inc. protection against liability for content published by users. until next year at the earliest. There are several laws that make the rounds in Congress that try to limit the same immunity. It was not immediately clear whether the Ministry of Justice will support any legislation already in place. them from the consequences of their actions.
It proposes a series of reforms to ensure that Internet companies are transparent about their decisions when deleting content and when they are to be held accountable for speech they change. It also revises existing definitions of section 230 with more concrete language that provides more guidance for users and courts.
It also encourages online platforms to address illegal content and strives for more clarity on federal civil action. Barr said in a statement that the administration called on "Congress to make these necessary reforms to section 230 and start holding online platforms accountable both when they illegally censor speech and when they knowingly facilitate serious online criminal activity." In June, the Ministry of Justice proposed that Congress adopt legislation to limit this immunity. This was after President Trump in May signed an executive order aimed at re-examining technology companies' decisions on content moderation and supporting legislation to scrap or weaken section 230.
President Trump met a group of public prosecutors general on Wednesday during his criticism of social media companies . Twitter has repeatedly placed warning labels on Trump tweets, saying they have included potentially misleading information about email voting.
President Trump will meet with state attorneys from Texas, Arizona, Utah, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina and Missouri ̵
President Trump in May called on the Department of Commerce to file a petition urging the Federal Communications Commission to limit protection under section 230 after Twitter warned readers in May to actually check their posts on unjustified allegations of fraud in ballot papers. The petition is still ongoing.
A group representing large internet companies including Facebook, Amazon.com Inc. and Google called on the FCC to reject the petition, saying it was "misleading, has no basis in law and is a matter of serious public concern." ]