Sumary of Democrats Want To Hold Social Media Companies Responsible For Health Misinformation:
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- Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images Democratic senators introduced a bill on Thursday that would hold Facebook, YouTube and other social media companies responsible for the proliferation of falsehoods about vaccines, fake cures and other harmful health-related claims on their sites.
- Co-sponsored by Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, the Health Misinformation Act targets a provision in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects platforms from being held liable for what their users post in most cases.
- U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned last week that COVID-19 misinformation is an “urgent threat.