(Reuters) – Three Democratic U.S. senators introduced a bill that would limit section 230, a law that protects online businesses from liability over user-published content, and makes businesses more liable when posts lead to harm.
Called the SAFE TECH Act, the legislation would mark the latest attempt to make US social media companies such as Alphabet Incs Google, Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. more responsible for "enabling cyber-stalking, targeted harassment and discrimination on their platforms", said Senators Mark Warner, Mazie Hirono, and Amy Klobuchar in a statement. The riots and police content on their platforms.
Several Republican lawmakers have also pushed separately to scrap the law completely over decisions by technical platforms to moderate content.The former Republican president, Donald Trump, has repeatedly called for legal protection. would be removed because of what he claimed was censorship of the Conservatives' election and then after Cap the itol attack blocked his account, citing a risk of further incitement to violence.
The heads of Google, Twitter and Facebook have previously said that the law is crucial for freedom of expression on the internet. They said that section 230 gives them the tools to strike a balance between preserving freedom of expression and moderating content, even if they seemed open to suggestions, the law needs moderate change.
The bill from the three Democrats would make it clear that section 230 ̵
"We need to ask more from big technology companies, not less," said Senator Klobuchar.
"Holding these platforms accountable for advertisements and content that could lead to actual harm is critical, and this legislation will do just that," she said.
There are several other laws that aim to change the law by to do the rounds, including one from Republican Senators Roger Wicker and Lindsey Graham.There is another from Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and a two-party proposal from Democrat Brian Schatz and Republican John Thune.