Monday, August 03, 2020

Senate Commerce Committee looks at PACT Act and Section 230

United States Senate Floor

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, The USA Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing, “The PACT Act and Section 230: The Impact of the Law that Helped Create the Internet and an Examination of Proposed Reforms for Today’s Online World.”
  
  
  
Electronic Frontier Foundation has an op-ed on the hearing by Sofia Cope and Aaron Mackey, “The PACT Act is not the solution to the problem of harmful online content”. 
  
The argument here seems a little bit forced.  Section 230 protection would end if a platform fails to take required action from a court when content is declared illegal (most likely CSAM, or related to FOSTA).  But the ruling might have been by default or not normally indicative of precedent, or the action might have happened with a SLAPP suit (or it might be motivated now by identarian SJW activism).
    
The law needs to be thought about in connection with another bill that is more controversial, EAEN It.

Wikipedia embed of Senate Chamber picture, click for attribution. 

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