Biden announces push to strip Big Tech of immunity for third-party content

The president previously announced his support for Section 230's repeal during the 2020 presidential campaign.

Updated: September 15, 2022 - 9:06pm

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President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that his administration would push to end the immunity Big Tech platforms enjoy for third-party content, an effort Republicans previously backed.

"I'm calling on Congress to get rid of special immunity for social media companies and impose much stronger transparency requirements on all of them," the president said, per the New York Post.

Specifically, he called for the repeal of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, echoing similar demands from Republicans in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, amid the outcry over tech company censorship of explosive allegations against Hunter Biden.

Biden's call, however, came in the context of curtailing online hate speech. With the repeal of Section 230, Biden aims to "hold social media companies accountable for spreading hate-fueled violence."

The president previously announced his support for Section 230's repeal during the 2020 presidential campaign, the outlet noted.