H.R. 3827Protect Speech Act

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Rep. Thomas Tiffany (R-WI), Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN), Rep. Gregory Steube (R-FL), Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN), Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), and Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX)

Introduced: June 11, 2021
Status: The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce in June 2021.

Description

The “Protect Speech Act” would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to narrow online platforms’ liability protections when they block or screen offensive material.

In particular, the bill would protect platforms from lawsuits over their moderation decisions only if they are able to show that they “acted in good faith” on the basis of “an objectively reasonable belief” that the content was “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, promoting terrorism or violent extremism, harassing, promoting self-harm, or unlawful.” Furthermore, the bill would make Section 230 liability protections subject to the publication of content moderation practices, the consistent application of its terms of service or use, and the provision of a “timely notice” providing a specific explanation of why someone’s content was removed.

Our Position

We oppose this bill

Decode Democracy opposes this bill. Learn more about our approach to Section 230 reform.

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