Items tagged "Section 230"

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Changes to the EARN IT Act Need More Analysis to Be Better Considered

July 2, 2020 CDA , EARN IT Act , Legislation , Section 230

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up the “EARN IT Act.”

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Due Process for Content Moderation Doesn’t Mean “Only Do Things I Agree With”

June 29, 2020 Content Moderation , Lesiglation , Platform Regulation , Section 230 , Section 230 Series

There’s a common theme in many proposals to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — the idea that companies need to just follow their terms of service consistently and fairly. Of course, I agree. Who doesn’t? As I detailed in a paper in 2018, I believe that dominant platforms should give their users […]

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Public Knowledge Shares Misinformation Reporting Insights With Congress to Tackle Disinformation on Digital Platforms

June 24, 2020 coronavirus , Covid-19 , Disinformation , infodemic , Internet Superfund , misinformation , Section 230

Yesterday, Public Knowledge sent a letter to Congress providing insight into the flow of misinformation and disinformation over social media platforms to prepare for the joint hearing on “A Country in Crisis: How Disinformation Online is Dividing the Nation.” The hearing will discuss the impact of disinformation on the American public.

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Justice Department, Sen. Hawley Proposals Could Limit Efforts to Fight Online Harms

June 17, 2020 digital platforms , DOJ , Free Speech , Section 230 , social media

Today, reports surfaced that the Department of Justice and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) have separate proposals to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that shields digital platforms from liability for user content they carry, while also allowing platforms to take down content they find objectionable. While we await specific legislative language, some reported details are troubling.

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Public Knowledge Stands with Civil Rights Groups by Refusing Facebook Funding

June 9, 2020 civil rights , Content Moderation , Facebook , Public Knowledge , Section 230

Today, Public Knowledge announces that it will not accept funding from Facebook for any of the organization’s programs or initiatives. The decision follows a June 1 meeting between Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and civil rights leaders to discuss the company’s choice to leave up without moderation comments made by President Trump, including one in which he posted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” in reference to protests over George Floyd’s death. Twitter, meanwhile, labeled the content with a disclaimer that it “glorified violence.”

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Breaking Down and Taking Down Trump’s Latest Proposed Executive Order Spanking Social Media

June 4, 2020 Content Moderation , Disinformation , FCC , First Amendment , Free Expression , Freedom of Expression , FTC , Legal Analysis , Litigation , misinformation , Net Neutrality , Platform Regulation , Section 230

Bashing social media for supposed liberal bias has become pretty standard fare for some conservative pundits and politicians. This remains true despite zero evidence of any kind of bias by social media companies against conservative content or Republican politicians. In fairness, Democratic political leaders have made similar accusations. For example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has […]

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Public Knowledge Rejects White House Executive Order Targeting Free Speech on Social Media Platforms

May 28, 2020 digital platforms , due process , FCC , Free Speech , FTC , Section 230

Today, President Trump will reportedly sign an Executive Order that would direct the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to regulate speech on social media platforms. Based on reporting, the Executive Order calls for the FCC to develop rules detailing how and when the law shields social media companies when they remove or moderate content on their platforms. Public Knowledge finds this Administration’s potential interference with free speech and abandonment of agency independence alarming, and reminds President Trump that neither the FCC nor the FTC have any authority to regulate social media.

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EARN IT Act Could Threaten User Privacy and Security

March 5, 2020 Encryption , Section 230

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and others plan to shortly introduce the “EARN IT Act,” which conditions Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, with respect to material that sexually exploits children, to platforms that follow a Congressionally appointed committee’s recommended best practices. This process could harm user security and privacy by disincentivizing the use of privacy-protecting technologies such as encryption.

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Public Knowledge Responds to White House Proposal to Require FTC, FCC to Monitor Speech on Social Media

August 9, 2019 digital platforms , FCC , Free Speech , FTC , Section 230

Today, reports surfaced that the Trump Administration is drafting an Executive Order that would require the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to monitor speech on social media platforms. Reports indicate that the draft order calls for the FCC to develop new regulations detailing how and when the law shields social media companies when they remove content from their platforms. Public Knowledge finds this Administration’s potential abandonment of free speech and agency independence alarming.

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Moderating Race on Platforms

January 29, 2020 Content Moderation , Platform Regulation , Section 230 , Section 230 Series

In the early fall of 2019, Ryan Williams was driving out of a garage with his wife and child when he was allegedly called a racial epithet by his white neighbor and the neighbor’s daughter. When Williams got out of his car, the neighbor called the police, and as the police arrived, Williams, like many […]

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