Items tagged "Section 230"

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Public Knowledge Welcomes White House Section 230 Executive Order Reversal

May 14, 2021 FCC , Free Expression , Section 230

Today, President Biden revoked an Executive Order signed by former President Trump that would have directed the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to regulate speech on social media platforms. Public Knowledge commends the administration for reversing an Order that would have jeopardized free speech online and urges Congress to consider our common-sense principles to ensure that any Section 230 changes promote the public interest.

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PACT Act Would Shine Light on Platforms’ Content Moderation Decisions To Benefit Consumers

March 17, 2021 Content Moderation , digital platforms , principles , scorecard , Section 230

Today, Senators Brian Schatz (D-HA) and John Thune (R-S.D.) reintroduced the “Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency (PACT) Act” with the stated purpose of reforming Section 230 to “strengthen transparency in the process online platforms use to moderate content.” The bill seeks to achieve this by “hold[ing] those companies accountable for content that violates their own policies or is illegal.” 

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Public Knowledge Launches Principles Guiding Section 230 Reform to Protect Free Expression Online

February 11, 2021 Free Expression , principles , Public Knowledge , Section 230

Today, Public Knowledge released principles to help guide discussions of possible Section 230 reform to ensure that any changes promote the public interest. These principles are meant to provide guardrails for policymakers to protect consumers’ ability to freely express themselves online while also addressing the challenges posed by content moderation.

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Public Knowledge Criticizes FCC Chairman Pai’s Claimed Authority to Rewrite Section 230

October 15, 2020 Agency Authority , FCC , Net Neutrality , Section 230

Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced his intent to interpret Section 230 of the Communications Act through a rulemaking. The FCC’s announcement follows a petition by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for the agency to move forward on such a rulemaking, as well as the Justice Department’s recent recommendations for amending 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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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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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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