Sumary of U.S. senators aim to stop vaccine misinformation by going after tech’s legal immunity:
- Article content WASHINGTON — Two Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday will add to the stack of bills going after Section 230 – a law that protects tech companies from being sued over content posted by users – making such platforms responsible for health-related misinformation.
- The legislation introduced by Amy Klobuchar and Ben Ray Lujan requires internet platforms such as Facebook and Alphabet’s Google to take down health and vaccine-related misinformation during public health emergencies or be held liable for that failure.
- The bill quotes a study from the Center for Countering Digital Hate that found social media platforms failed to act on 95 percent of coronavirus-related disinformation reported to them.
- It aims to make social media companies more accountable for enabling cyber-stalking, targeted harassment and discrimination on their platforms.
- Article content The chief executives of Google, Twitter and Facebook have said Section 230 is crucial to free expression on the internet.
- Several Republican lawmakers have separately pushed to scrap the law entirely over decisions by tech platforms to moderate content critical of former President Donald Trump and his supporters.