White House reviewing Section 230 amid efforts to push social media giants to crack down on misinformation

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Lebanon
  • Date: 07/21/2021
  • Source: National News…
  • Sector: Economy
  • Country: Lebanon

White House reviewing Section 230 amid efforts to push social media giants to crack down on misinformation

NNA -  The White House is reviewing whether social media platforms should be held legally accountable for publishing misinformation via Section 230, a law that protects companies' ability to moderate content, White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said Tuesday.  The Section 230 debate is taking on new urgency in recent days as the administration has called on social media platforms to take a more aggressive stance on combating misinformation. The federal law, which is part of the Communications Decency Act, provides legal immunity to websites that moderate user-generated content. "We're reviewing that, and certainly they should be held accountable," Bedingfield told MSNBC when asked about Section 230 and whether social media companies like Facebook should be liable and open to lawsuits for publishing false information that causes Americans harm. Biden has long railed against the law for its protection of social media companies from misinformation, whereas Trump has claimed that