The U.S. Department of Justice will be announcing new legislative measures to permanently remove the liability protection enjoyed by big-tech companies in the wake of obvious, corrupt censorship of conservative political efforts by Silicon Valley leading up to the 2020 presidential election in November. The measure will also call for increased vigilance in removing illegal content.
The proposal could be announced on Wednesday, reported the Journal, citing a Trump administration official. The president’s order, which came in late May, called for a government review into Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects online companies from liability for content posted by users, reported CNET.
The Justice Department’s proposed legislative changes, which would need to be adopted by Congress, would strip tech firms of civil immunity in a range of circumstances, according to the Journal. It would reportedly remove legal protections when, for example, platforms facilitate things like online scams or drug trafficking, as well as instances involving online child exploitation, terrorism or cyberstalking.
The DOJ proposal would erode legal protections afforded to social media companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was passed in 1996, according to the Journal. Section 230 is considered the most important law protecting free speech online. The provision essentially protects companies that host user-created content from lawsuits over posts on their services.
President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order temporarily removing liability protection but the measure can be easily removed by an incoming administration unless passed by Congress.