Facebook liability News

GOP Senator Wants to Tie Internet Firms’ Liability Immunity to Curb on Behavioral Ads

Republican Senator Josh Hawley on Tuesday introduced legislation that would penalize large tech companies that sell or show targeted advertisements by threatening a legal immunity enjoyed by the industry — the latest onslaught on Big Tech’s business practices. The bill, …

Lawmakers to Introduce Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Internet Firms’ Liability Shield

U.S. legislation will be introduced in the coming weeks that could hurt technology companies’ ability to offer end-to-end encryption, two sources with knowledge of the matter said, and it aims to curb the distribution of child sexual abuse material on …

Attorney General Barr: Should Tech Giants Still Be Free From Liability for Content?

U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday questioned whether Facebook, Google and other major online platforms still need the immunity from legal liability that has prevented them from being sued over material their users post. “No longer are tech companies …

Justice Department Targets Internet Firms’ Liability Shield

Attorney General William Barr is taking aim at a legal shield enjoyed by companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. as the provision comes under increasing fire from both liberals and conservatives. Barr has accused social media companies …

Justice Department Sets Meeting on Internet Liability

The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it will hold a public meeting on Feb. 19 to discuss the future of a federal law which largely exempts online platforms from legal liability for the material their users post. The meeting …

Senators Want to Reconsider Lawsuit Immunity for Google and Internet Giants

U.S. senators used a Congressional hearing on Tuesday to push the idea of overhauling a law that protects YouTube, Facebook and other internet services from being sued for the content users post. The Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing, led by Senator …

IBM Joins Call to Trim Liability Shield for Google, Facebook, Other Internet Platforms

International Business Machines Corp. on Wednesday threw its support behind enacting a new policy to limit liability protections enjoyed by internet platforms such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. Ryan Hagemann, an IBM government and regulatory affairs …

Senator Calls for Facebook, YouTube, Twitter to Lose Immunity If Politically Biased

Technology platforms such as Facebook Inc. and Google’s YouTube could face a flood of lawsuits unless they can demonstrate their treatment of users’ content is politically neutral, under a measure that U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s office said he would offer …

UK Joins Global Backlash Against Tech Firms that Fail to Control Harmful Content

The U.K. joined a growing global backlash against technology companies such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., proposing fines and bans if social-media platforms fail to curb illegal activity. The government outlined plans for an industry-funded regulator that would police …

Tech Firms Face Fines and Jail for Failure to Remove Violent Content in Australia

Australia will fine social media and web hosting companies up to 10 percent of their annual global turnover and imprison executives for up to three years if violent content is not removed “expeditiously” under a new law. The new law …