The Republican staff for the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a memo suggesting several concepts for reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a 1996 law that protects tech platforms from liability for users’ posts and for their own moderation practices. Those concepts include:
- Limiting the right of tech companies to exclude users based on their viewpoints or political affiliation.
- Requiring “reasonable moderation practices” to address harms like illegal drug sales and child exploitation.
- Narrowing protected moderation to specific types of speech not protected by the First Amendment.
- Removing protection for discriminatory moderation decisions based on viewpoints.
The memo also dives into more specific suggestions, including the following:
- Appealing decisions.
- Carving some companies out entirely.
- Reauthorization every five years.
- Protecting children.
- Working with law enforcement.