In an interview with The New York Times former Vice President Joe Biden requested that Tech's greatest liability, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, be withdrawn immediately. "
" The idea that it is a technology company is that section 230 should be revoked, number one should be revoked immediately. For Zuckerberg and other platforms, ”said Biden. "It should be revoked because it is not just an internet company. It spreads lies that they know are wrong. "
This was not the first time that Biden criticized the immensely important Internet law. In previous interviews with sales outlets such as CNN, Biden said," We should consider deleting the [Facebook’s] derogation, "but never dared to say that it should be completely "revoked." The Verge Contact Biden's campaign and ask if he agreed with the statements made to the New York Times (1
Joe Biden: "I think we should think about removing [Facebook’s] the exemption that they cannot be sued for knowingly campaigning for something that is not true." pic.twitter.com/p8Moh2fyJy
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The Communications Decency Act is over 20 years old, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have begun legislative changes as a result looking for all kinds of problems they have with platforms and moderation.
After the mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand last spring, democratic lawmakers were looking for a 230 change to ensure that terrorist content was removed from platforms. They responded to Facebook's refusal to remove misinformation from politicians in digital ads by threatening to remove legal loopholes.
Republicans have similarly criticized companies like Facebook and Twitter in recent months, calling on the platforms for their bias towards conservatives. Both Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) have implemented legislative changes to address the alleged censorship.
This criticism has also been highlighted by other Democratic presidential candidates. Texas’s former representative, Beto O’Rourke, was the first presidential candidate to make changes to 230 to an official platform position. O’Rourke has since been eliminated from the race, but if his plans came into effect, Internet companies would be exempt from this liability label unless they closely monitored their platforms for terrorist and hateful content.
No other candidate has requested a full revocation of 230.