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Republicans in the United States congress have proposed a new bill aimed at removing protections for websites with regards to how they moderate their platforms.
The bill, called the Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act, would attempt to diminish the power of Section 230 – American legislation that stops Facebook, Twitter, and all other websites from being held legally responsible for anything posted by their users.
If these platforms cannot legally defend such a belief, they could face consequences for their moderation decisions. Watch moreThe new bill also adds guidance to content moderation, focusing on “self-harm”, “unlawful”, and content that is “promoting terrorism” rather than the less specific “objectionable” content. The bill comes from senator Roger Wicker, Lindsey Graham, and Marsha Blackburn.
“For too long, social media platforms have hidden behind Section 230 protections to censor content that deviates from their beliefs,” Wicker said in a statement. Lindsey Graham echoed that statement, saying that social media companies often censor content that would otherwise be valid.
In a recent incident, Twitter temporarily suspended Donald Trump Jr after he posted a video that promoted the drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Covid-19. It included a video that showed people claiming to be doctors, who falsely …
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