U.S. senators aim to stop sale of drugs online by going after tech's legal immunity
There are several pieces of legislation targeting Section 230 being introduced from both Democrats and Republicans
The legislation, titled the 'See Something, Say Something Online Act' and proposed by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Republican Senator John Cornyn, requires internet platforms such as Facebook and Alphabet's Google to report suspicious activity online to law enforcement or be held liable for that failure.
There are several pieces of legislation targeting Section 230 doing the rounds, including one from Republican Senators Roger Wicker and Lindsey Graham. There is another one from Democratic Senator Brian Schatz and No. 2 Senate Republican John Thune and a separate one from Republican Senator Josh Hawley.
President Donald Trump has also made holding tech companies accountable for allegedly stifling conservative voices a theme of his administration. As a result, calls for a reform of Section 230 have been intensifying ahead of the elections, but there is little chance of approval by Congress this year.In May, Trump signed an executive order that backed legislation to scrap or weaken Section 230. Last week, Trump met with nine Republican state attorneys general to discuss the fate of Section 230, and the Justice Department unveiled a legislative proposal aimed at reforming the same law.