The SAFE TECH Act doesn’t interfere with free speech – it’s about allowing these platforms to finally be held accountable for harmful, often criminal behavior enabled by their platforms to which they have turned a blind eye for too long. (1/8)…
For years, Section 230 provided a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card to platform companies as their sites are openly and repeatedly used by bad actors to cause damage and injury. Section 230 will be brought into the present-day with the SAFE TECH Act creating targeted exceptions. (2/8)
We’ve seen over and over again that online advertising is a key vector for all manner of frauds and scams, in many cases targeting the most vulnerable users such as seniors. (3/8)…
We’ve similarly seen ads used to prey upon and mislead those seeking reproductive services. (4/8)…
Or those looking to sign up for health care at the Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadline. (5/8)…
Perhaps most shockingly, the opaque and broken online advertising market these platforms operate in has been a boon for foreign-based scammers (including fraudsters based in China), allowing them to defraud and exploit American users and businesses. (6/8)…
The bill would make clear that Section 230 DOESN'T:

- apply to ads or other paid content
- bar injunctive relief
- impair enforcement of civil rights laws
- bar wrongful death actions
- bar suits under the Alien Tort Claims Act

and more. (7/8)
For more info on the bill, click here: (8/8)…

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