Bill Would Strip Social Media of Protections for Health Misinformation

WASHINGTON Sen. Amy Klobuchar tabled a bill on Thursday that would remove liability protection from online platforms like Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. if their technology spreads misinformation about coronavirus vaccines or other public health emergencies.

The bill previously telegraphed by Ms. Klobuchar (D., Minn.) Was in the works and would create an exception to the law known as Section 230, which protects internet platforms from lawsuits for content created by their users and other third parties .

At a congressional hearing last year, Big Tech executives signaled cautious support for an amendment to Section 230, a provision in the Communications Decency Act of 1996 that generally shields internet platforms from liability for content posted by users on their websites become.

The bill’s rollout follows a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate that found a significant amount of false information about vaccines came from 12 social media users.

The vast majority of patients leading to Covid-19 hospital admissions in parts of the United States are unvaccinated, according to hospitals. President Biden said last week that Facebook and other companies are killing people by acting as platforms for misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. He later clarified his comments by saying that he did not accuse Facebook of killing people, but instead wanted the company to “do something about the misinformation, the outrageous information about the vaccine.”


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