A dumpster fire in the making
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act needs a major overhaul. Specifically language that states that in order to qualify for the protection of the law, the provider must adhere to and guarantee the rights bestowed by the First Amendment (Specifically Free Speech and Freedom of Religion.) of the Constitution of the United States. This will help limit censorship of conservative voices on the various social media platforms. Specifically, political speech which is very much protected under the First Amendment. However, it shouldn't be so absolute as to allow foreign governments to broadcast propaganda on those same social media platforms to influence an election.
It should probably read something like this (added verbiage highlighted in bold):
No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider as long as the following conditions apply:
1. The provider or user of the interactive computer service cannot block, delete, or otherwise censor political speech as long as the speech originates from a citizen of the United States of America and complies with all applicable laws.
2. The provider or user of the interactive computer service cannot block, delete, or otherwise censor religious speech as long as the speech originates from a citizen of the United States of America and complies with all applicable laws.
Penalty for violation of the above provisions are fines up to $10,000 per day per violation and/or removal of protected status under this statute. Complaints are to be handled and investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. Once the provider has been notified of a complaint, the provider has 90 days to respond or face the above penalties.
Vague? Kinda, but the law was never black and white which falls under the spirit of the law verses the letter of the law. The way that I see it is that the providers such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter will continue to have protection under section 230 with the caveat that they do not censor political or religious speech. Complaints of such are to be filed with the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and the provider then will have to prove that their censorship has merit. This will pretty much stop censorship of religious and political speech on the social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Agree? Disagree? Let me know.
Oh, el Reg, you guys need a dumpster fire icon. I picked the closest one that I thought would work.