On June 17th the The United States Department of Justice issued new recommendations to lift obsolete safeguards Decades ago, online platforms had to publish content from third parties.
Section 230 and Internet censorship
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act was enacted in 1996, because the public has just welcomed him into his daily life on the Internet. L.to The controversial law exempted platforms from legal liability to publish third party content.
Ministry of Justice recommendations include End immunity for publishing content that includes child abuse, terrorism and cyberbullying. He also argued:
“Section 230 does not apply in a particular case in which a platform actually had knowledge or found that the relevant content of third parties violated federal criminal law.”
In addition, the new proposals would hold online platforms accountable. in civil, not criminal, courts from a wider category of illegal and harmful content. The civil court They don’t risk going to jail, they allow fines that can shut down corporate operating platforms.
Pursuit of the attack on Trump
Some § 230 dependent platforms include Facebook and Twitter. President Trump in late May sent an executive order that many saw as retaliation against Twitter especially for what his office called censorship from these platforms. The order says:
“Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube have immense, if not unprecedented power to handle the interpretation of public events. Censor, delete, or make information disappear; and control what people see or don’t see. “
Within a few days of this order, the Center for Democracy and Technology filed a lawsuit against Trump, calling the new order a Violation of the first change. A representative from the center explained the role of section 230 in the Protection of online services To an extent that does not apply to newspapers, for example:
“Online services, even very small ones, handle a difficult volume of user-generated content that they may not be able to review before being published. Section 230 is designed to provide them with the legal certainty they need to moderate the content directed to them without taking the risk of liability for the entire content of their platform. “
Does this apply to decentralized platforms?
Contrary to popular belief, decentralized platforms also rely on Section 230 protection. David Greene, attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), said Cointelegraph:
“Everyone who is an intermediary is subject to Section 230, both in their ability to decide what to moderate because Section 230 protects moderation decisions, and those who decide that they don’t because Section 230 protects them from doing so.” Responsibility. It’s based on when you don’t do anything with the content at all. Therefore, I think it would be highly illogical if someone thinks that this particular threat to section 230 really only attacks the moderation side. “
In March, EFF highlighted a bill that, due to perceived bias, also appeared to be a direct attack on Facebook.