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The democrats and Republicans in calling for an investigation into the power of companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple’s understanding of the Sen. Marsha Blackburn.
S. Josh Hawley has been announced that the legislation, which would remove the tech titans’ protection from liability for content provided by third parties on their platforms.
The Missouri senate bill, specifically, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
The Act, which became law in 1996, provides legal protection to large-tech. Section 230 provides that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
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Hawley, however, said that the Communications Decency Act was passed when the Internet was still in its infancy, and while the big tech companies have become one of the world’s most powerful companies. His law, putting an End to its Support for the Internet Censorship Act, it would be the removal of the protection is that great tech is to receive under Section 230, unless the companies have to submit to an external audit, which proves that their algorithms are content and moderation, are politically non-partisan.
File photo U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) speaks during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in March 12, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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“With Section 230, the tech companies are getting a sweetheart deal that no other industry has total immunity from the traditional publisher’s liability in exchange for providing the forum, free of political censorship,” said Sen. Hawley, in a statement. “Unfortunately, it is not surprising, therefore, that the major tech failed to hold on to it until the end of the event.”
Major tech companies like Facebook and Google have frequently been accused of political bias, accusations the companies denied.
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“There has been an ever-growing list of evidence that will show the big tech companies, from making editorial decisions to censor viewpoints they don’t agree with,” Hawley added. “Even worse, the whole process has been shrouded in a veil of secrecy, and because these companies are refusing to send their protocols to the public. This law states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they should be on the market, the transparency and the accountability of their editorial processes, and the evidence is that they do not discriminate.”
The Republican senator, the law does not apply to small-and medium-sized technology companies.
Under Hawley’s bill, is that big tech companies would have to provide evidence to the COMMISSION to prove that their algorithms and content deletion practices have been non-partisan. Tech titans would also be responsible for the cost of the audit, and it, too, would have to re-apply for immunity in each of the last two years.
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Other politicians have also sighted of Section 230. Earlier this year, for example, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to hint that in Silicon Valley, which would lose the protection provided under the legislation in force.
Supporters of section 230, however, says that it is an essential component of the Internet that must be protected. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, for example, and describes how Section 230, and as one of the most valuable tools for protecting freedom of expression and innovation on the Internet.”
“However, there are a number of important exceptions for certain criminal and intellectual property-based claims, CDA 230 creates a broad protection that has allowed innovation and free speech online to flourish,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation, adds on its website. “This is a legal and policy framework has allowed for YouTube and Vimeo users to upload their own videos, Amazon and Yelp to offer countless user reviews, craigslist to host ads, and Facebook and Twitter to offer social networking to hundreds of millions of users of the Internet.”
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that describes its role as that of defending civil liberties in the digital world.
From Fox News: Christopher Carbone contributed to this article.
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