Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has long been a target for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, and ad media expert Mark Douglas told CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith” that this is likely “a big part of the 2021 legislative agenda.” will be. “”
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo told lawmakers that she would consider changes to Section 230 if confirmed, during a hearing on her nomination as Secretary of the Commerce Department on Tuesday.
“I think platform stewardship is important … but of course this reform would have to be weighed against the fact that these companies rely on user-generated content to innovate and have created many thousands of jobs,” said Raimondo.
Former President Donald Trump slammed Section 230 during a speech in Dalton, Georgia on Jan. 4. “We have to get rid of Section 230, we have to get rid of Section 230, or you won’t have land for very long.” Said Trump.
Douglas stated in “The News with Shepard Smith” that Section 230 protects social media sites, news sites in the comment area, and essentially any sites on the Internet or in the mobile app that have user-generated content.
“Section provides a provision by which social media companies and other content providers on the Internet can enable people to generate content without being legally responsible for what their users say,” said Douglas, founder and CEO of Adtech company Steelhouse.
During an interview with the New York Times last January, President Joe Biden said, “… Section 230 should be revoked, should be revoked immediately, number one. For Zuckerberg and other platforms.”
Douglas said that Section 230 basically has two sides. One side includes free speech advocates who believe that “all social media websites and protections should only essentially apply when there is no moderation of content”. Then there are those who believe the opposite, that section 230 “should cover all forms of content moderation, regardless of who created these guidelines and who is enforcing these guidelines.”
The adtech expert stated that section 230 reform will likely focus on bridging the gap between content moderation and the initial change.
“There’s a huge gap between the US Constitution, freedom of expression, and the first amendment and the ways websites and social media sites can moderate content. So if we’re looking forward to reforms to Section 230, they are it also.” probably in this area to fill the gap and allow for more free speech on the Internet, “said Douglas.