Wednesday, June 19, 2019

GOP Senator introduces bill to remove Section 230 protections from large platforms, unless they allow audits showing political neutrality

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced a bill to blow up the business models of social media companies, whereby larger platforms become liable for the content of their platforms unless they submit audits to show that they are “politically neutral”.  The bill is called the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act.

It is not clear if this would apply to conventional hosting providers like the host for my Wordpress blogs.

Here is the CNBC story (Mary Catherine Wellons).

Makena Kelly has a story on the Verge

Elizabeth Warren Brown has a perspective on Reason here
This story is so new that it will certainly change rapidly.  I will keep tabs on it. Tim Pool has a comprehensive response to it already.  He is largely right so far. At 13:20 he discusses putting Section 230 in the USMCA.

Update: June 21

Elliot Harmon of Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the Hawley bill will be unconstitutional and quickly fail in court and provides background from the Prodigy case in 1995 that led to Section 230.  Remember AOL didn't fully open up Hometown AOL until Oct 1996, after Section 230 had been passed. 

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