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The House Republican staff outlines principles to reform tech’s liability shield

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.

Source: CNBC



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