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    Trump's Plan To Regulate Social Media

    https://tech.slashdot.org/story/20/0...e-social-media

    Esther Schindler writes:

    A 55-page proposal to make the FCC rewrite a law through administrative rulemaking would threaten small social sites and generate vast amounts of new business for trial lawyers. Expect some of the people who denounced net-neutrality regulations to cheer it on.

    The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) would have the FCC rewrite Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. "Instead of protecting social platforms when they moderate users' posts -- what the law actually says -- here the FCC would transmogrify that 1996 statute to hold them liable for such offenses as the Twitter trending-topics lists that Trump called Monday 'Really ridiculous, illegal, and, of course, very unfair!,' reports Forbes.

    After Twitter began fact-checking Trump's tweets in late May, Trump responded with an executive order calling for a rewrite of CDA 230's core provisions. They offer immunity from civil (not criminal) liability to providers and users of an "interactive computer service" -- as in, any that hosts your posts -- for "any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected." Translation: an online service can decide posts supporting Trump are against its rules, and you won't be able to sue over that.

    "Instead of forcing online services to take a hands-off attitude, CDA 230 encourages them to moderate content," reports Forbes. "The NTIA proposes to limit their immunity to moderating pornographic, violent or harassing content. All other curation would be subject to a checklist of such measures as documentation of moderation rules and 'timely notice' to users found violating them. A site that 'vouches for, editorializes, recommends, or promotes' user posts -- see, for instance, Twitter trending topics -- would also become liability for them."
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    If they are acting like publishers, which they are, they should not be exempt from liability as the law grants to non-publishers. Establishing guidance on how to determine publisher vs nonpublisher could be viewed as a necessary requirement under the law, and if Congress didn't do it when it was written, then it falls to the executive to interpret as such. If the executive follows unreasonable guidance, then the judicial branch can review and clarify the law and what is appropriate.

    At any time, Congress can change the law if they don't like what the other branches are doing.
    Last edited by spudea; 07-29-2020 at 10:05 AM.

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    Last edited by Valli6; 07-29-2020 at 10:10 AM.

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    I wouldn't want to regulate anybody's speech.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    Well, getting government even more involved will certainly make things better. Just look at how well things go in every other area where government takes a hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spudea View Post
    If they are acting like publishers, which they are, they should not be exempt from liability as the law grants to non-publishers. Establishing guidance on how to determine publisher vs nonpublisher could be viewed as a necessary requirement under the law, and if Congress didn't do it when it was written, then it falls to the executive to interpret as such. If the executive follows unreasonable guidance, then the judicial branch can review and clarify the law and what is appropriate.

    At any time, Congress can change the law if they don't like what the other branches are doing.
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