Hillary Clinton Targets Tech Companies

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

(TargetLiberty.org) – On Thursday, Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, argued that most tech companies should not be receiving legal immunity for the content that is shared on their platforms.

The Communications Decency Act Section 230 which greatly provides protection to social media platforms is being challenged over the materials that are shared on their sites. Clinton has claimed recently that this widespread protection no longer made sense.

As she pointed out these platforms were given immunity in the late 90’s and for good reason as at the time they did not know what was going to happen and no one had a clear sense of what would occur. She continued by noting that now they all knew what was happening and still they were just sitting and having discussions about it.

Clinton proceeded to argue that Section 230 needed to go and that they needed to have an alternative system for tech companies and social media platforms to operate under.  She continued by suggesting that the correct form of liability needed to be decided for these tech companies.

There is currently bipartisan support for the suggestion that Section 230 would be rolled back. Last May, Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) collaborated to bring forward through the Senate Judiciary Committee a legislation that would make tech companies legally liable for child pornography that is shared on their website. Still, the act has been on pause for months not passing through the two chambers.

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