Sen. Josh Hawley wants to strip legal protections from sites with targeted ads
published 28.07.2020 12:15
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced the latest of several bills designed to weaken a key online legal shield.
The Behavioral Advertising Decisions Are Downgrading Services (or BAD ADS) Act would remove protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act for large web services that display ads based on “personal traits of the user” or a user’s previous online behavior.
Section 230 shields websites from legal liability for user-created content.
Unlike several previous bills, including ones sponsored by Hawley, the BAD ADS Act doesn’t appear to address any specific critiques of Section 230.
The BAD ADS Act was proposed shortly before a Senate hearing on a separate Section 230 reform bill called the PACT Act, which is aimed at making websites and apps take down illegal content more swiftly and provide more transparency in their moderation policies.