WASHINGTON, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Two American Democratic senators will be added to the pile of bills after Article 230 on Thursday - a law that protects technology companies against proslegal action User-posted content - making these platforms responsible for health-related disinformation.
The legislation introduced by Amy Klobuchar and Ben Ray Lujan requires internet platforms such as Facebook (FB.O) and Alphabet 's Google (GOOGL.O) to remove or be held accountable for health and vaccine misinformation during public health emergencies.
It also orders the Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidelines on what constitutes health disinformation.
"These are some of the biggest and richest companies in the world and they need to do more to prevent thespread of deadly vaccine misinformation, "Klobuchar said.
Bill cites a study by the Center for Countering Digital Hate which found that social media platforms had failed to respond to 95% of the coronavirus-related misinformation reported to them.
health is not the first bill to target the technology liability shield of Senator Klobuchar, who chairs the Senate antitrust subcommittee.
Earlier this year, she co-sponsored another bill called the Safe Tech Act with two fellow Democrats. It aims to empower social media companies more to allow cyberstalking, targeted harassment and discrimination on their platforms.
CEOs of Google, Twitter and Facebook have said that theArticle 230 is crucial for freedom of expression on the internet. They said it gave them the tools to strike a balance between preserving free speech and moderation of content, even though they seemed open to suggestions that the law requires moderate change.
Several Republican lawmakers have separately pushed to repeal the law entirely on decisions by technology platforms to moderate critical content of former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
There are several other pieces of legislation aimed at amending the law that have been circulating for over a year, including a bipartisan bill from the Democrat Brian Schatz and Republican John Thune.
Trump has repeatedly insisted that legal protection be removed because of what he claimed to be censorshipe against the Conservatives. Report by Nandita Bose in Washington; Edited by Dan Grebler
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