Facebook and other social media companies are about to pay the price. Congress has decided to weigh its options and legislation is being drafted right now. The internet could be about to change dramatically.
According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), he is working with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee “to craft legislation” intended to address instances in which social media platforms have censored conservatives.
He said the legislation will “say that if you’re going to opine as to the truth or falsity of that which is put on your platform, for the sake of its viewers, you don’t get the protection of Section 230” because that is “editorializing.”
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act current provides legal protection for social media companies as platforms for information, meaning they are not legally liable for content that is created and shared by users.
However, said Gaetz, companies like Facebook and Twitter are “not a platform” if they are going to get directly involved in determining whether the content is true or false. To him, that is crossing the line into something else.
In a tweet, President Donald Trump made it clear that he believes Twitter “is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election,” and they are doing this “based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN.”
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