UPDATED 8:15 PM PT – Friday, February 5, 2021
Senate Democrats pushed a bill to strip some liability protections given to tech companies through Section 230. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced that bill Friday.
NEW: Big Section 230 bill out from @MarkWarner @maziehirono and @amyklobuchar. It creates new carveouts in the law designed to protect civil rights and defend against other specific online harms. It also narrows 230 to focus on speech, not all information. https://t.co/1Q1BISiRLj
— issie lapowsky (@issielapowsky) February 5, 2021
Currently, the law safeguards Big Tech companies from any legal action that could result from content posted on their sites by third parties. The changes would allow victims of cyber-stalking, discrimination and harassment to file charges against those companies.
We need laws that are as sophisticated as Big Tech.
My new bill is good for consumers, it’s good for innovation, and it’s good for the economy. pic.twitter.com/RjWMsjUExg
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 6, 2021
Congressional Republicans have long been in favor of ending liability shields for Big Tech companies and will likely support the effort.