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Internet Groups’ Lawsuit Claims Florida Social Media Law Is Unconstitutional

Two tech trade groups filed a lawsuit against Florida on Thursday over a new law that would fine social media companies that ban political candidates, which they said violated free speech rights. The lawsuit, which said the bill signed by …

Internet Groups Warn Against Including Liability Shield in Trade Deals

A coalition of internet accountability groups is warning the Biden administration against including liability protections for tech companies in future trade agreements, saying that could hamstring efforts to hold platforms responsible for user content. In a letter sent to President …

Facebook, Google CEOs Suggest How to Reform Internet Immunity Law

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out steps to reform a key internet law on Wednesday, saying that companies should have immunity from liability only if they follow best practices for removing damaging material from their platforms. In testimony prepared …

Internet Law Protects Video Platform From Church’s Bias Claim, Court Rules

Vimeo Inc. is immune to a lawsuit by a church whose account it deleted for promoting gay conversion, the federal appeals court in New York ruled, amid a battle over online speech. Church United and its president and founder, James …

Internet Firms’ Liability Protection Under Fire. 26 Words and What’s at Stake

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are taking aim at a controversial law that shields internet platforms including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. from lawsuits over content posted by users. The measure — just 26 words known as Section 230 — …

Senators Offer Bill to Limit Liability Shield for Social Media Firms

Three Democratic U.S. senators introduced a bill that would limit Section 230, a law that shields online companies from liability over content posted by users, and make the companies more accountable when posts result in harm. Called the SAFE TECH …

Analysis: User Pact, Section 230 Likely to Shield Robinhood, Reddit From Lawsuits

Robinhood Markets Inc.’s user agreement is likely to protect the brokerage app from a barrage of lawsuits filed by customers after it blocked a frenzied trading rally in companies such as GameStop Corp. that was fueled on social media forums. …

FCC Appears Unlikely to Act on Trump Bid to Change Social Media Liability

The prospects of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai taking action on an effort to narrow social media companies’ legal protections under a 1996 law are increasingly unlikely. Both Pai and U.S. President Donald Trump have only 16 more days …

Smaller Websites Nervous Over Giant Facebook’s Support for Liability Reform

Facebook Inc. says it’s time to rethink the legal immunity that protects it from lawsuits over what users post online, a position that’s leaving smaller websites concerned about the cost of accepting more responsibility for what appears on their platforms. …

Tech Firms Form Coalition to Defend Internet Liability Shield Law

A number of internet companies that are not big social media players are organizing to defend the law that shields them from lawsuits. The companies have formed a coalition called Internet Works to protect what they see as the benefits …