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2 Democrat Senators want to make Big Tech companies liable when their algorithms promote health misinformation

Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Samuel Corum/Pool/AFP Two Democratic senators introduced a bill called The Health Misinformation Act on Thursday. It would make social-media firms liable when algorithms promote misinformation during health emergencies. The Biden administration has argued with Facebook over its role in vaccine hesitancy. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Ben Ray Luján introduced a on Thursday that, if passed into law, would make social media ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, News, Congress, Senate, US, America, Trends, Social Media, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Biden, Misinformation, Kevin Martin


Senators Put Section 230 in the Crosshairs in Battle Over Covid-19 Misinformation

For the past few years, we’ve seen companies like Facebook either endlessly shrug off the misinformation problems on their platforms or issue half-assed fixes meant to keep them in check. Now, they might have a little more motivation. On Thursday, two lawmakers introduced meant to strip back these…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Social Media, Software, Social Issues, Computing, Amy Klobuchar, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Misinformation, Deception, Section 230, Ben Ray, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet


Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies

Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a new carve-out in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to hold platforms liable for algorithmically-promoted health misinformation and conspiracies. ...
Tags: Social, TC, Medicine, Congress, White House, Articles, Social Media, Tech, President, Reddit, Vaccination, Amy Klobuchar, Department Of Justice, Biden, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


The wild life of billionaire Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who eats one meal a day, evangelizes about bitcoin, and had to defend his company in front of Congress

Jack Dorsey onstage at a bitcoin convention on June 4, 2021 in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Jack Dorsey cofounded Twitter in 2006, and the company has made him a billionaire. He is famous for his unusual life of luxury, including a daily fasting routine and regular ice baths. Dorsey holds two CEO jobs at Twitter and his payment company Square. Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories. From fighting armies of bots to quashing rumors about sending his beard hair to ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, Twitter, New York Post, Japan, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Obama, Congress, Washington, Cbs News, Life, Senate, White House


What you need to know about Big Tech's Section 230 shield, the internet law that Trump hated and Biden might reform

President Joe Biden. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Section 230 is a part of a US law that allows tech companies to moderate content on their services. It also means they are not liable for illegal things that people say on the platforms. Trump hated the law and wanted to revoke it, while Biden supports some sort of Section 230 reform. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Chatter about Section 230, the part of US law that shields tech companies from ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, News, Media, Washington Post, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Trump


Trump’s new lawsuits against social media companies are going nowhere fast

Trump’s spicy trio of lawsuits against the social media platforms that he believes wrongfully banned him have succeeded in showering the former president with a flurry of media attention, but that’s likely where the story ends. Like Trump’s quixotic and ultimately empty quest to gut Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act during his presidency, the new lawsuits are all sound and fury with little legal substance to back them up. Going to war with Twitter, Trump threatens critical social m...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, New York, Supreme Court, Congress, Cdc, Youtube, Government, Articles, Social Media, Tech, Ceo


Donald Trump sues Facebook, Twitter, Google and their CEOs

Donald Trump, suspended from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube after his supporters sacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, is out for revenge: he's suing all of them, and their CEOs to boot. The suits want the court to order the media companies to let Trump back on their platforms. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Social Media, Lawsuits, Donald Trump, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Facebook Twitter Google, Section 230


Trump is suing Twitter, Facebook and YouTube over censorship claims

In his first press event since ignominiously leaving office earlier this year, former President Donald Trump announced that he is launching a volley of class action lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, claiming that the three companies violated his First Amendment rights. The suits also name Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s chief executive Sundar Pichai. “We’re demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing and a stop to the blacklistin...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Youtube, Tech, Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Trump, Capitol, Facebook Twitter, Twitter Facebook, Bedminster New Jersey, Trump Facebook


Trump is suing Twitter, Facebook and Google over censorship claims

In his first press event since ignominiously leaving office earlier this year, former President Donald Trump announced that he is launching a volley of class action lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook, Google and their CEOs, claiming that the three companies violated his First Amendment rights. “We’re demanding an end to the shadow-banning, a stop to the silencing and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that you know so well,” Trump said at the press conference, held at his Bedmin...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Tech, Donald Trump, Trump, Capitol, Facebook Twitter, Twitter Facebook, Twitter Facebook Google, Bedminster New Jersey, Trump Facebook, Section 230


Federal Judge Puts Hold On Florida's Anti-Deplatforming Law

A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday against a Florida law that would fine social media companies $250,000 a day for banning political candidates, saying that the law likely violates tech companies’ first amendment rights.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Florida, Science, Social Networks, Censorship, Social Media, Digital Media, Human Behavior, Donald Trump, Multimedia, Section 230, Robert Hinkle, Blacklisting, Deplatforming, Law Crime, Internet Based Activism


Facebook failed to protect against teen sex trafficking, court rules, paving the way for tech companies to be held liable when they're used for criminal activity

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23, 2019 Andrew Harnik/AP The Texas Supreme Court ruled that Facebook can be held liable for sex trafficking recruitment. Facebook argued that it should not be held liable because it is shielded by Section 230. A recent report found most online recruitment in active sex trafficking cases in 2020 was on Facebook. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Facebook can be held liable for s...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Washington, Cbs News, Trends, Social Media, Tech Companies, Houston Chronicle, Chronicle, Texas Supreme Court, Andrew Harnik, Tech Insider, Section 230, Katie Canales


There’s No Way the Big Tech Law Florida Just Passed Is Legal

Today, Trump lackey and Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed into law “Florida’s Big Tech Bill,” a thinly-veiled attempt to appease Trump’s Twitter and Facebook gripe. And also money in the bank for Big Tech warrior, Ron DeSantis.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Science, Social Networks, Social Media, Software, Computing, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Trump, Ron DeSantis, Big Tech, Section 230, Trump 's Twitter


Florida’s ban on bans will test First Amendment rights of social media companies

Florida governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a restriction on social media companies’ ability to ban candidates for state offices and news outlets, and in doing so offered a direct challenge to those companies’ perceived free speech rights. The law is almost certain to be challenged in court as both unconstitutional and in direct conflict with federal rules. The law, Florida Senate Bill 7072, provides several new checks on tech and social media companies. Among other things: Platforms cann...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Florida, Government, Disney, Tech, Mouse, Comcast, Silicon Valley, Free Speech, First Amendment, Universal Studios, Ron Wyden, Clarence Thomas


Why Is Wired So Focused On Misrepresenting Section 230?

The easiest way to erase Section 230 is to consistently lie about it.
Tags: Technology, Law, Section 230


Conservatives Demand Supreme Court Overrule Fake Facebook Court, Others Weigh In

On Wednesday, Facebook’s Oversight Board, the pseudo-legalistic, questionably independent body that the company claims has the power to review and potentially overrule official moderation decisions, issued its not-so-final proclamations regarding the status of Donald Trump’s account.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Instagram, Articles, Joe Biden, Software, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Breitbart, Jim Jordan, Tom Cotton, Clarence Thomas, Frank Pallone, David Segal


Section 230 did not protect Snapchat from negligence liability in car crash lawsuit over Speed Filter

The tragic facts Landen Brown was using Snapchat’s Speed Filter in 2017 when the car in which he was riding with two other young men crashed after reaching speeds above 120 miles per hour. The Speed Filter documented how fast the car was traveling. The crash killed Landon and the other two occupants. The parents of two of the passengers sued Snap, Inc. (the purveyor of Snapchat), claiming that the app was negligently designed. The parents alleged, among other things, that Snap shoul...
Tags: Law, Snapchat, Negligence, Landon, Plaintiffs, Section 230, Snap Inc, Ninth Circuit On, Landen Brown, Snapchat Lemmon


At social media hearing, lawmakers circle algorithm-focused Section 230 reform

Rather than a CEO-slamming sound bite free-for-all, Tuesday’s big tech hearing on algorithms aimed for more of a listening session vibe — and in that sense it mostly succeeded. The hearing centered on testimony from the policy leads at Facebook, YouTube and Twitter rather than the chief executives of those companies for a change. The resulting few hours didn’t offer any massive revelations but was still probably more productive than squeezing some of the world’s most powerful men for their commi...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Congress, Washington, Senate, Social Media, Tech, House, Biden, Operating Systems, Misinformation, HARRIS, Twitter Inc, Democratic Senate, Anna Eshoo, Klobuchar


Policy Executives at Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to Testify at Senate Hearing on Algorithms

Next week, policy executives from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter will testify at a Senate Judiciary hearing on algorithmic amplification, Politico reports. Social media recommendation algorithms have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, and Democratic lawmakers have voiced concerns about how they can fuel…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Science, Senate, Politico, Software, Computing, Jack Dorsey, Operating Systems, Misinformation, Democratic, Deception, Anna Eshoo, Tom Malinowski


Clarence Thomas plays a poor devil’s advocate in floating First Amendment limits for tech companies

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas flaunted a dangerous ignorance regarding matters digital in an opinion published today. In attempting to explain the legal difficulties of social media platforms, particularly those arising from Twitter’s ban of Trump, he makes an ill-informed, bordering on bizarre, argument as to why such companies may need their First Amendment rights curtailed. There are several points on which Thomas seems to willfully misconstrue or misunderstand the issues. The first i...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Lawsuit, Fcc, Supreme Court, Opinion, Government, Social Media, Tech, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Srinivasan, Trump


Democrats Plan to Come for Big Tech With Swarm of Small Antitrust Bills

The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee panel on antitrust says that legislators are preparing a slate of many smaller pieces of legislation rather than one huge bill in a strategy to defeat the tech industry’s formidable lobbying machine.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Software, Computing, App Store, Apple Inc, House Judiciary Committee, David Cicilline, Big Tech, Section 230, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Technology Internet


What You Need to Know About Section 230, and the Potential Changes on the Horizon

For more insights on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, PRsay reached out to Capitol Hill veteran India McKinney, director of federal affairs at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights group based in San Francisco. The following interview was edited for length and clarity. What do people misunderstand about Section 230, and why? It gets treated as blanket immunity, that platforms can do whatever they want and you can’t ever hold them accountable, and that’s jus...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Congress, San Francisco, Pr, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Capitol Hill, Litigation, Ron Wyden, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Thought Leadership, McKinney, Chris Cox, PRSA


Big Tech companies cannot be trusted to self-regulate: We need Congress to act

Arisha Hatch Contributor Share on Twitter Arisha Hatch is Vice President and Chief of Campaigns at Color Of Change. It’s been two months since Donald Trump was kicked off of social media following the violent insurrection on Capitol Hill in January. While the constant barrage of hate-fueled commentary and disinformation from the former president has come to a halt, we must stay vigilant. Now is the time to think about how to ...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Column, Congress, Opinion, Social Media, Policy, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Social Media Platforms, Trump, Misinformation


Biden is stacking his administration with antitrust activists, signaling his intent to crack down on Big Tech

President Joe Biden waves to journalists before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, February 26, 2021. Tom Brenner/Reuters Biden will nominate a leading antitrust lawyer to the Federal Trade Commission, per Politico. He also recently hired another antitrust activist to serve as a White House economic advisor. These moves signal Biden's aggressive stance against tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook. Visit the Business section of Insider f...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Utah, Politics, News, Obama, White House, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Washington Dc, Khan, Biden, Donald Trump, Justice Department


Section 230 Reform Is in the News Again: What Does It Mean for Communicators?

With Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in the news again, PRsay talked with Dr. Cayce Myers, APR, an attorney and graduate director of Virginia Tech School of Communication, about recent efforts to reform internet liability and what this means for PR professionals. Until this past spring, it didn’t seem as if Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was too well-known outside of certain circles. What were some of the factors that brought it into the mainstream? The awareness of...
Tags: Pr, Amy Klobuchar, Donald Trump, Thought Leadership, U S Department of Justice, Mazie Hirono, PRSA, John Elsasser, Big Tech, Section 230, Sen Warner, Bill Barr, Cayce Myers, Virginia Tech School of Communication, Senators Mark Warner D VA