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End the Censorship

Section 230 Description: “Section 230” colloquially refers to 47 U.S.C. Section 230(c), or the “Good Samaritan” clause of the Communications Decency Act.[1] Enacted in 1996, these provisions generally shield internet platforms (eg. Facebook) and users from being treated as the publisher of another entity’s speech.  In practice, this essentially means that if “Person X” were to make defamatory statements about “Person Y” on Facebook, “Person X” may be liable for his speech, not Facebook. Section 230 also shields internet platforms from liability when they are voluntarily acting in good faith to restrict access to certain objectionable material.

For the full memorandum from RSC on reforming Section 230, click here.

[1] 47 U.S.C. 230 (1996)


Media Mentions:

Daily Caller - EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans Demand Answers On Apple’s Censorship Policies In China

  • Republicans in the House of Representatives are demanding an explanation of Apple’s refusal to engrave certain words on custom devices in Chinese markets.

Politico- Top House GOP caucus targets Section 230

  • The leader of the House GOP’s biggest caucus is introducing legislation today to scale back Section 230 — and it’s not quite what you might expect.

Fox News- Republicans demand answers from Amazon after removal of book on transgenderism

  • Republican Study Committee (RSC) chief Rep. Jim Banks is leading a group of Republicans demanding answers from Amazon after the removal of conservative scholar Ryan T. Anderson's book on transgenderism titled "When Harry Became Sally."

Breitbart- EXCLUSIVE: GOP Memo to Members of Congress Prioritizes Tech Censorship

  • The Republican Study Committee, the largest ideological caucus in the House of Representatives with 125 members, is making tech censorship a priority following the mass banning of conservatives including President Donald Trump in recent days.

Washington Examiner- Top House conservative introduces bill to overhaul Section 230 to curb child pornography

  • Rep. Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican who is chairman of the Republican Study Committee, has introduced the Stop Shielding Culpable Platforms Act to clarify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a provision that protects social media companies from liability for content posted by their users. 

The Hill- GOP lawmaker introduces bill targeting tech liability protections

  • The bill — the Stop Shielding Culpable Platforms Act — would yank those protections from companies that “knowingly peddle unlawful material” such as child pornography on their sites.

Breitbart- Congressional Republicans Demand Amazon Answer for Book Banning

  • Nine members of an influential coalition of Republicans in Congress and its chairman, Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, demanding an explanation for Amazon’s decision to stop selling Ryan T. Anderson’s book on transgenderism, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. 

Fox News- 'No social media accounts for terrorists': House GOP pushes to block sanctioned foreign leaders from platforms

  • House Republicans are proposing legislation that would expand U.S. sanctions law to prohibit social media companies from allowing foreign individuals or entities sanctioned for terrorism from using their platforms.