Items tagged "Section 230"

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Facebook and Twitter Made the Right Decision. Big Tech Is Still Too Powerful.

January 12, 2021 Big Tech , Competition Policy , Content Moderation , interoperability , Nondiscrimination , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Section 230

What a week. On Tuesday, if you stayed up late enough (or woke at 3 a.m. Wednesday morning to a screaming baby, as I did) we saw Democrats win control of the Senate via a special election in Georgia. On Wednesday, we witnessed an armed insurrection on the Capitol Building, directed by President Trump in […]

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A Superfund for the Internet Could Clean Up Our Polluted Information Ecosystem

December 23, 2020 Content Moderation , Disinformation , First Amendment , Free Expression , misinformation , Platform Competition , Platform Regulation , Section 230 , Superfund , Superfund for the Internet

In a recent interview, former President Obama called the lack of a “common baseline of fact” the “single greatest threat to our democracy.” Our increasingly polluted information environment — including the proliferation of “crazy lies and conspiracy theories” on social media — divides society while undermining public faith in facts, impeding our ability to face […]

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Tomorrow, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee to discuss censorship, the suppression of news articles, and the companies’ handling of the 2020 presidential election. Last time Dorsey and Zuckerberg were brought in to the Senate to testify, the hearing turned into an opportunity for some […]

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The Senate Commerce Section 230 Hearing that Could Have Been

October 29, 2020 digital platforms , Platform Competition , Section 230 , Section 230 Series

Yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Section 230 — six days before the national election — could have been about what responsibility platforms have in addressing foreign attempts to interfere in our election. It could have been about the degradation of local news. It could even have been a good faith debate about the merits […]

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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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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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