The United States Department of Justice announced an earlier date on behalf of the White House law reform about social media sent to Congress. The proposal further elaborates an existing regulation stating that social media is not responsible for what their users post to make it clearer when companies can be held accountable.
It concerns the so-called section 230 of the law. Under that section it says that internet companies cannot be sued for what users do on their platform. In this way, the article protects companies that offer others a platform online.
For example, Section 230 applies in practice to texts and photos that users upload to Facebook and Twitter, videos posted to YouTube, and comments left on news site comment platforms.
American President Donald Trump, among others, criticizes section 230. He argues that the article gives companies too much legal protection. That way they would get out of their social responsibility.
Trump wants to be able to hold companies accountable
Trump wants to change the law to hold companies accountable. Earlier this year, the president was quite at odds with Twitter. The social medium hid a tweet in which Trump, according to the company, glorifies violence. “When the looting begins, the shooting begins,” Trump wrote, referring to protests in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death.
The bill states, among other things, when internet companies should be held responsible for statements made by users. Internet companies must also be transparent about what they delete.
Now that the proposal has been sent to Congress, US representatives can consider it.