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Jul 23, 2021

New bill aims to remove legal protections social media companies have for health misinformation.
Two Democratic senators introduce a bill to strip away the immunity social media companies currently have (under Section 230) when health misinformation is posted on their platforms. It's designed to tackle the spread of COVID-19 misinformation by making companies legally responsible for the content posted by users. The Health and Human Services secretary will determine what's classified as "health misinformation" and a platform would be open to liability if the content is being algorithmically amplified, not through "a neutral mechanism, such as through the use of chronological functionality". The bill would only apply in situations where online misinformation is related to an existing public health emergency like the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Link

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