White House Considering Changing Law to Hold Social Media Liable For Content

White House Considering Changing Law to Hold Social Media Liable For Content

(NewsBroadcast.com) – As social media platforms emerged soon after the invention of the internet, few people could have predicted the enormous blessing and curse they would become in the 21st century. To combat some of the perceived downsides, the White House is considering changing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in order to hold major media platforms accountable for what their users post on the web.

On Tuesday, July 20, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield spoke with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about the Biden administration’s push for accountability on the internet. She asserted that places like Facebook and Twitter profit from “news outlets who are promoting misinformation.” However, the scary part came when she claimed the “good, accurate information” standard to which these sites would be held accountable to would be set by the Biden administration.

CNN tech reporter Brian Fung highlighted that while Biden’s “review” of Section 230 is not encouraging, the executive branch does not hold the power to amend the law:

No matter who is in power, the government cannot be trusted to label something as “misinformation,” and it is outrageous to think social media platforms could police every single post published on their site. Not surprisingly, this news has faced pushback from both sides of the aisle. Hopefully, that means this proposed step towards government censorship will be stopped in its tracks.

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