Bill To Strip Section 230 Protections From Internet Companies Introduced…. Is Trump Getting What He Wants?

I’ve talked about the fact that President Trump has been whining and complaining about nuking Section 230 which would strip the protections from nearly every internet venue with user interaction. That would include Facebook and Twitter among others. The Break Up Big Tech Act of 2020, introduced yesterday by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), seeks to strip companies of those protections if they take supposed actions like “acting as publishers and censoring certain users.”

The legislation if passed would remove Section 230 protections from online companies that perform the following activities.

  • Selling and displaying targeted ads without a user’s consent
  • Collecting data for “commercial purposes other than the direct sale of the interactive computer service.”
  • Acting as a marketplace by “facilitate the placement of items into the stream of commerce.”
  • Employing digital products intended to “engage and addict users” to the service.
  • Acting as a publisher by using algorithms to moderate or censor content without opt-in from users

So this would effectively give Trump and conservatives who have been claiming that the Internet censors their voices what they want. Assuming that this passes. We’ll see if that actually happens or if this bill dies quietly after January 20th 2021.

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