Section 230

Proposed Sec. 230 rewrite could have wide-ranging consequences

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images A trio of Democratic Senators has taken this administration’s first stab at Section 230 reform with a new bill that would make platforms, including giants such as Facebook and Twitter, liable for certain limited categories of dangerous content. Unfortunately, although the bill’s authors try to thread a tricky needle …

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US Senate Bill Re-Introduces Suspicious Activity Reports for Social Media

Another challenge to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech platforms from being liable for various forms of content posted on them, has re-emerged, with bipartisan support. It takes a page from the Banking Secrecy Act (BSA) but, rather than filing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), the bill would force tech companies to …

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Filing: Amazon warned Parler for months about “more than 100” violent threats

Enlarge / Amazon Web Services (AWS) logo displayed during the 4th edition of the Viva Technology show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 17, 2019, in Paris, France. Chesnot | Getty Images Amazon on Tuesday brought receipts in its response to seemingly defunct social networking platform Parler’s lawsuit against it, detailing AWS’ …

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Facebook and Twitter could be sued for “censorship” under proposed state law

Enlarge Getty Images | Peter Dazeley Republican state lawmakers in North Dakota want Facebook and Twitter to face lawsuits from users who have been “censored.” A bill submitted by the six legislators last week is titled, “an Act to permit civil actions against social media sites for censoring speech.” It says that social media websites …

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McConnell introduces bill tying $2K stimulus checks to Section 230 repeal

Enlarge / Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has thrown a wrench into the expected Congressional over-ride of President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act. Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has thrown a wrench into Congressional approval of an increase in government stimulus relief checks from $600 …

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Computer repairman suing Twitter for defamation, seeks $500 million

Enlarge Tom Raftery | Flickr The former owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware is suing Twitter for defamation, alleging that the platform’s choice to moderate a New York Post story that cited him as a source is tantamount to labeling him personally a “hacker.” Twitter’s “actions and statements had the specific intent to …

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House overrides Trump veto, defying demand to repeal Section 230

Enlarge Spencer Platt/Getty Images The House of Representatives has voted to override Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 322 to 87 votes—easily exceeding the required two-thirds vote. The measure now goes to the Senate, where it must also pass by a two-to-one margin to overcome Trump’s opposition. …

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Trump vetoes $740B defense bill, citing “failure to terminate” Section 230

Enlarge / The Washington, DC skyline, including the US Capitol, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial, as seen from the Arlington, VA, side of the Potomac at night. Which is the time of day Congress is apparently going to be working until. Melodie Yvonne | Getty Images As was threatened, so has it come to pass: …

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Congress wants Facebook and Twitter to change. It can’t agree how.

Pool via Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey once again spent hours answering questions from senators who want the CEOs to make fundamental changes to how their platforms are run. The hearing, which marked Dorsey and Zuckerberg’s second multi-hour Congressional appearance in less than three weeks, was supposed to be about “Censorship, Suppression, and …

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Court tosses constitutional challenge to Trump order on social media

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty Images A federal court in California has tossed out a lawsuit from the voting rights group Rock the Vote. The lawsuit argued that Donald Trump’s May executive order attacking social media platforms violated the group’s First Amendment rights. Trump’s May executive order was a strange document. Trump was angry about …

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