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Justice Department Outlines Proposed Overhaul of Social Media Immunity

The Justice Department on Wednesday outlined a broad overhaul of legal protections for online platforms such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. if they deliberately promote illegal speech on their websites. The proposals, which could upend the companies’ business …

Trump Administration to Unveil Proposal for Changing Immunity for Tech Platforms

The U.S. Justice Department will propose legislation as soon as Wednesday to try to remove protections that big tech platforms like Alphabet’s Google and Facebook have had for decades, a department official said on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity. …

Trump Plans Legislation Targeting Social Media Immunity

President Donald Trump said he will introduce legislation that may scrap or weaken a law that has protected internet companies, including Twitter and Facebook, in an extraordinary attempt to regulate social media platforms where he has been criticized. The proposed …

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 …

Bipartisan Group Calls for Pulling Internet Firms’ Liability Immunity

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is stepping up efforts to have U.S. trade officials eliminate a legal liability shield that tech companies are pushing to keep in new agreements, including a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement …

Why Big Internet Firms Think They Should Remain Shielded from Content Liability

A 23-year-old law giving technology companies legal protection from lawsuits over user-generated content remains critical to the internet’s future, Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit and social media site Reddit Inc. said in testimony released on Tuesday. Senior executives from Google, Reddit, …

Court Upholds Facebook Immunity in Case Brought by Terrorist Attack Victims

Facebook Inc. on Wednesday defeated an appeal by American victims of Hamas attacks in Israel, who sought to hold the company liable for providing the group a social media platform to further its terroristic goals. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court …

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 …

Senator Graham Wants to Limit Internet Firms’ Liability Protections

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said Tuesday he wants to limit a liability exemption treasured by internet platforms such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. if they don’t comply with industry best practices. The comments by Graham, an ally …