Items tagged "Section 230"

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Public Knowledge Rejects DOJ Proposal to Amend Section 230

September 23, 2020 Content Moderation , digital platforms , Disinformation , DOJ , misinformation , Section 230

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice issued recommendations to Congress for amending Section 230 of the Communications Act. This law states that platforms are not liable for third-party content that they carry, and can take down objectionable content without fear of lawsuits.

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Video: Free Expression Forum – How Section 230 Uplifts Marginalized Voices

September 4, 2020 Content Moderation , Free Expression , Free Expression Forum , Free Speech , Freedom of Expression , marginalized communities , Section 230 , Webinar Series

The Free Expression Forum at Public Knowledge is an ongoing series of dialogues about the importance of free expression online to artists, entrepreneurs, and content creators. It highlights how policy decisions impact this important value and how the community of diverse online voices must stand up to preserve it as technology develops. This first forum […]

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Public Knowledge Urges FCC to Reject Unlawful Trump Administration Request to Rewrite Section 230

September 2, 2020 FCC , Free Expression , Section 230 , social media

Today, Public Knowledge filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission on the Trump Administration’s unlawful attempt to have the FCC assert jurisdiction over, and rewrite, Section 230 of the Communications Act. 

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Section 230 and Civil Rights

August 12, 2020 civil rights , digital platforms , online advertising , Platform Competition , Section 230 , Section 230 Series

Over the past couple of months, millions of people across the U.S. have protested the inequitable treatment that Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), particularly Black people, have faced throughout our nation’s history. Now, unlike previous racial justice movements, so much of how we connect, work, live, or engage is online. Digital platforms and technology […]

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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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