Trump's Plan To Regulate Social Media

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"Instead of protecting social platforms when they moderate users' posts -- what the law actually says -- here the FCC would transmogrify that 1996 statute to hold them liable for such offenses as the Twitter trending-topics lists that Trump called Monday ' Really ridiculous, illegal, and, of course, very unfair!

They offer immunity from civil (not criminal) liability to providers and users of an "interactive computer service" -- as in, any that hosts your posts -- for "any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected."

Translation: an online service can decide posts supporting Trump are against its rules, and you won't be able to sue over that.

All other curation would be subject to a checklist of such measures as documentation of moderation rules and 'timely notice' to users found violating them.

A site that 'vouches for, editorializes, recommends, or promotes' user posts -- see, for instance, Twitter trending topics -- would also become liability for them."

by Beauhd On from rss.slashdot.org

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