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Advocates Push Platforms to Shoulder Civil Liability for Extreme Content

Platforms should take on more civil liability for terror- and murder-related content, advocates said in interviews two days after Attorney General Bill Barr said Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act potentially blocks victims from seeking civil recovery (see 2002190056). The topic is gaining steam on Capitol Hill (see 2001280059).

The tech industry’s broad immunity needs to be removed, and platforms mandated to work with police, said Dallas Police Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, who's running as a Republican for a congressional seat in Texas’ District 30. Two of his colleagues were killed in a 2016 Dallas police shooting. Pennie said platforms are complicit in such attacks because they promote the content and targeted activity associated with terror plots. Courts have avoided altering Section 230 because it's Congress’ job to legislate, he said.

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