Legislation announced on Thursday aimed at curbing the spread of online child sexual abuse imagery would take the extraordinary step of removing legal protections for tech companies that fail to police the illegal content. A separate, international initiative that was also announced takes a softer approach, getting the industry to voluntarily embrace standards for combating the material.
H/T: New York Times
“I appreciate my colleagues working with me on this bill to ensure tech companies are using best business practices to prevent child exploitation online,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a co-sponsor of the bill, in a statement. “This bill is a major first step. For the first time, you will have to earn blanket liability protection when it comes to protecting minors. Our goal is to do this in a balanced way that doesn’t overly inhibit innovation, but forcibly deals with child exploitation.”
Online platforms’ near complete immunity from legal responsibility is a privilege—they have to earn it—& that’s what Senator @LindseyGrahamSC & my bipartisan bill the EARN IT Act requires.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) March 5, 2020
Chairman @LindseyGrahamSC, U.S. Senators @SenBlumenthal, @HawleyMO and Ranking Member @SenFeinstein today introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage the tech industry to take online child sexual exploitation seriously.— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) March 5, 2020
Members of Congress are about to introduce a bill that will undermine the law that undergirds free speech on the Internet. If passed, the bill known as the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, will fulfill a … https://t.co/OClRlZ03Zl— CryptoAUSTRALIA (@CryptoAustralia) March 5, 2020