As a part of his campaign trail, Joe Biden is expressing his views on a wide range of issues. Many felt that he was the sole winner in the latest Democratic debate, which took place on the 14th of this month. One of the topics Biden recently spoke about Section 230 of Communications Decency Act. In an interview with The New York Times this Friday, Biden called out for tech’s most significant shield, Section 230, to be revoked immediately. For beginners, Section 230 is a landmark piece of internet legislation in the United States, which provides immunity from liability for users and providers of an interactive computer search who publish information provided by third party users. It further says, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
Speaking to The New York Times, Biden said - “The idea that it’s a tech company is that Section 230 should be revoked, immediately should be revoked, number one. For Zuckerberg and other platforms. It should be revoked because it is not merely an internet company. Facebook is propagating falsehoods they know to be false.” Previously as well in his interview with CNN. Biden criticized the relevant internet law but never went that far as saying that is should be revoked entirely. This is the first time Biden criticized the internet law heavily, before that he said: “We should be considering taking away Facebook’s exemption.”
Joe Biden: "I, for one, think we should be considering taking away [Facebook's] exemption that they cannot be sued for knowingly engaged on, in promoting something that's not true." pic.twitter.com/p8Moh2fyJy— The Hill (@thehill) November 12, 2019
The Communications Decency Act was established over two decades ago. Present lawmakers started to seek changes in the law as a remedy for the problems created on the platform and its moderation. A live stream of a mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, which took place in September 2019, was posted on Facebook, showing terrorist content worldwide. After that incident, many Democratic lawmakers sought to make changes to Section 230 to make sure terrorist’s content is removed from their platforms. Not only the Democrats but Republicans also have made similar criticisms against social media companies like Facebook and Twitter during the past few months. Apart from Joe Biden, the former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke who was then running for the Presidential elections was the first candidate to make changes to Section 230 on an official platform position. However, he dropped from the Presidential race. If at all his plans are implemented, then internet companies would be stripped of their liability shields until they come up with policies to remove terrorist and hateful content.
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