The Justice Department will propose rolling back the legal protections online platforms have had since the ’90s, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, to make sites more vigilant about policing content. It follows President Donald Trump’s executive order targeting social media companies.
The proposal could be announced on Wednesday, reported the Journal, citing a Trump administration official. The president’s order, which came in late May, called for a government review into Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects online companies from liability for content posted by users.
The DOJ proposal would erode legal protections afforded to social media companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was passed in 1996, according to the Journal. Section 230 is considered the most important law protecting free speech online.
The original WSJ report is behind their paywall. All of this is the result, of course, of Trump’s furor at having one of his tweets tagged with a link to the “facts” about voting by mail and having another of his tweets hidden for “glorifying violence.”