The Section 230 debate is taking on new urgency in recent days as the administration has called for a more aggressive approach to combat misinformation on social media platforms. The federal law, which is part of the Communications Decency Act, provides legal immunity to websites that moderate user-generated content.
“We are reviewing this, and of course they should be held accountable,” Bedingfield told MSNBC when asked about Section 230 and whether social media companies like Facebook are liable and liable for lawsuits for publishing false information. should be open to those who harm Americans.
President Joe Biden, Bedingfield said, also believes it is the responsibility of “the people who create the content.”
“It’s a large and complex ecosystem, and everyone takes a responsibility to make sure we’re not misinforming people about a vaccine that will save their lives,” she said.
Both Biden and then-President Donald Trump have advocated for the repeal of Section 230, but for different reasons.
Biden has long railed against legislation protecting social media companies from misinformation, while Trump has claimed it leads to censorship and the suppression of conservative voices. Meanwhile, proponents of the provision argue that the law protects free speech. Trump’s efforts to use the executive branch to change the way Section 230 is imposed on tech companies was called unconstitutional by legal experts, lawmakers and officials from the Federal Communications Commission.
The Biden administration is now facing many similar legal questions. But only Congress can amend the law, and while US lawmakers may be united in their hostility to Big Tech, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are divided over how Section 230 should be updated.
Biden kept up the pressure on Facebook on Monday, saying he was not satisfied with the work the platform was doing to stop the spread of misinformation, but backing up his allegation last week that it was “murdering people”. was directly responsible for And senior executives have been in touch with Facebook from behind the scenes as tensions with the platform escalate.
The president continued, “My hope is that Facebook, instead of taking it personally, that somehow I’m saying Facebook is killing people, that they’re going to be out about misinformation, outrageous misinformation about vaccines.” Will do something. That’s what I meant.”
CNN’s Brian Fung contributed to this report.