New GOP Bill Allows Lawsuits Against Social Media

NBC News reports:

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., unveiled his latest attack on tech’s liability shield in a new bill Wednesday. The “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act” would allow Americans to sue tech companies that censor political speech or hide content from competitors. Republicans have long complained that tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter censor conservative speech.

The bill appears to be part of a three-pronged attack on Section 230 protections for tech companies alongside the Department of Justice and the White House. Section 230 is the statute that frees online platforms from liability for their users’ posts while allowing them to engage in good faith content moderation. Tech industry groups have warned that revisions to Section 230 could have the unintended consequence of stifling speech.