President Donald Trump mentioned revoking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which would turn social media such as Facebook and Twitter into publishers, as they would lose their privilege to censor users according to their own criteria.
Section 230 grants social media platforms protection from being accused of slander and defamation by being labeled as hosts of other people’s messages, The Post Millennial of Oct. 6 reported.
REPEAL SECTION 230!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
However, more and more these social networks are taking measures to close accounts and censor messages on their networks, so repealing section 230 would make them responsible for any manipulation they apply to the published content.
Twitter has hidden Trump’s messages or claimed that they violated its rules, and complaints against Facebook show that it closes thousands of accounts and data of users or conservative media.
Three senators presented a bill on Sept. 8 to modify section 230.
In this bill they give more precision to the terms used in section 230, and introduce other terms such as “promoting terrorism,” “illegal” content, and content that promotes “self-harm.”
It also redefines “information content provider,” considering those who modify messages sent by others through social networking platforms.
“For too long, social media platforms have hidden behind Section 230 protections to censor content that deviates from their beliefs,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), one of the bill’s draftsmen.
Also Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), introduced the Act to End Support for Internet Censorship in June 2019.
In one of the message restriction campaigns, the platforms declared that it was following its own guidelines, in order not to allow the erroneous diffusion of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
For example, it eliminated a video that went viral in a short time, in which a dozen doctors praised the use of hydroxychloroquine as a drug capable of confronting the effects of the CCP Virus.
One of the doctors, Dr. Stella Immanuel, affirmed that she had treated more than 350 patients with CCP Virus, and that none of them died after receiving the hydroxychloroquine.
Immanuel said she has been the victim of “all kinds of threats,” but added that she will not give in to pressure.
“You can report me to the bots, you can kill me, you can do anything, but I’m not going to let Americans die,” Immanuel said.