A group of Republican senators on Tuesday introduced a new bill aimed at weakening section 230 of the Communications Regulation Act that protects social media companies,media reported.
The Online Freedom and Viewpointy Diversity Act, introduced by Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Roger Wicker (Mississippi) and Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee), would remove liability protections under Section 230 without a platform providing specific rules that it violates. The bill would require the platform to provide an “objective and reasonable belief” that they would otherwise be responsible for their modest actions.
The bill would also change the language of the original law, changing vague terms such as “disgusting” to “promote terrorism” and “illegal” as guidelines for detente.
“Social media companies regularly censor content that many see as legitimate political speech,” Grahma said in a statement Tuesday. The reform solution addresses the concerns of those who feel that their political views are being unfairly suppressed. “
“These powerful platforms do not offer any meaningful alternatives, which means that we will not be held accountable for the destructive effects of this deep-seated ideological bias until Congress intervenes and brings accountability into the modern era,” Blackburn said in a statement Tuesday. “