The Us Justice Department announced on Wednesday that the Congress has taken up legislation to remove protection of big technology platforms such as Google and Facebook. A senior official said this is a part of President Trump’s initiative to crack down on big tech companies.
The Justice Department said the new proposal, which is being concluded, is intended to make big tech giants address the criminal content on their platforms. This includes terrorism, child exploitations, or cyberstalking, and to increase transparency when the user’s lawful content is removed by the companies.
“These reforms are targeted at platforms to make certain they are appropriately addressing illegal and exploitive content while continuing to preserve a vibrant, open, and competitive internet,” Attorney General William Barr said in an announcement.
President Trump to regulate tech companies that criticize him
The President, who has had a long battle with Twitter and other tech giants over the removal of his conservative voice, said in May he would change the laws protecting the companies. This may be an attempt by the president to regulate companies that have criticized him.Also Read–Google launches new Curation App
Trump announced he would “change or remove” section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which mostly discharges platforms from taking responsibility for the content users post and can remove said content as they wish.
Facebook policy chief Nick Clegg said in a statement that Section 230 allows the company to remove hate speech and that big changes would, “in the end, mean less speech of all kinds appearing online.”
The White House welcomed the proposal gladly. “The president expressly called on DOJ to develop such model legislation in the Executive Order signed recently, and yes, President Trump is pleased to see the department following through,” said Judd Deere, White House spokesman.
Google and Twitter did not comment.