H.R. 277Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act

Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC)

Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) and Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX)

Introduced: January 12, 2021
Status: The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in February 2021.


The “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act” prohibits large tech platforms from receiving Section 230 protections unless they adopt, maintain, and abide by written terms of service, and promise to design and operate their service “in good faith” — including when they moderate content using automated decision systems. A platforms does not act “in good faith” is it intentionally enforces its terms of service in a selective manner. Any failure to comply with these provisions could result in a penalty of $5,000 per claim or actual damages, whichever is higher, as well as attorney’s fees. For the purpose of this bill, large tech platforms are defined as those with more than 30 million active monthly users in the U.S., more than 300 million active monthly users worldwide, or companies with more than $1.5 billion in global annual revenue.

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We oppose this bill

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