US Justice Department unveiled a legislative proposal to reform online platforms’ immunity

The legislative proposal seeks to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which provides liability immunity for online platforms’ over third-party content. The core of the proposal consists of holding online platforms liable for distributing illegal material or content when it does it in bad faith. Furthermore, it suggests several reforms to ensure platforms are transparent on their decisions when removing third-party content and liable for speech they modify. In a meeting with a group of state attorneys general aimed at discussing the reform proposal, President Donald Trump admitted his administration is watching the performance of online platforms with regards to the presidential election. He claimed that a few companies have tightened their grip over commerce and communications in America, and added that “countless American are banned, blacklisted and silenced through arbitrary or malicious enforcement of ever-shifting rules”.