A deeper dive… Section 230 gives social media companies immunity to liability for their users’ actions. It allows platforms to police their sites and filter content as they deem appropriate.
The DOJ’s proposal would end civil immunity in cases where companies are complicit in illegal behavior. If aware of the illicit activity, platforms could be held financially accountable for user drug trafficking, online scams, child exploitation, and terrorism.
The current “good faith” standard relies on platforms to use their best judgment in censoring inappropriate content. The proposal would provide a more precise definition of “good faith.”
Companies would also have to provide a public explanation in line with their terms of service before removing content.
Representatives for Twitter and Facebook have spoken out against the plan. They argue that taking away platform immunity would restrict more speech online by exposing companies to liability for whatever their users say.
What’s Next? Congress must adopt the DOJ’s proposal before it becomes law. Other lawmakers have previously expressed interest rolling back some protections given in Section 230:
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)introduced a bill on Wednesday that would withhold legal protections under Section 230 from companies that do not revise their terms of service to include a pledge to operate in good faith.
Excerpts from former national security advisor John Bolton’s ‘tell-all’ book titled “A Room Where It Happened” were released yesterday by the New York Times and Washington Post. The DOJ filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Bolton on Tuesday to stop the book’s publication (scheduled for June 23).
Venezuela Supreme Court Replaces Political Leaders
Venezuela’s Supreme Court replaced the leaders of two political parties in opposition to President Nicolás Maduro on Monday and Tuesday. The move comes ahead of a future (unscheduled) vote to determine the members of the National Assembly – Venezuela’s only branch of government run by the opposition. The Venezuelan government has not made any comments.
More: In January 2019, Juan Guaidó – the President of the National Assembly – declared himself the legitimate leader of Venezuela following the widely disputed results of the May 2018 election. Guaidó’s leadership is formally recognized by roughly 60 countries, including the U.S.
Target said it will raise its minimum wage to $15 starting July 5 and give all hourly workers a one-time $200 bonus. The company had temporarily raised its wages by $2 in March during the onset of COVID-19.
Hertz So Good
Bankrupt car rental firm Hertz has suspended its plan to sell up to $500 million in shares after the SEC launched a review into the sale. SEC Chairman Jay Clayton on Wednesday said the regulator had issues with Hertz’s plan to sell stock in the middle of bankruptcy proceedings. In a government filing Monday, Hertz warned potential investors that it is almost certain the new shares will become worthless.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an op-ed published Tuesday said the company’s 2020 goal is to “help 4 million people register to vote.” The company said it plans to launch a tool that will allow users to see fewer political advertisements.
Twitterannounced a new voice message option for tweets that allows up to 140 seconds of audio on Wednesday. Users will be able to listen to ‘Voice Tweets’ as they scroll through their timeline and read other conventional text tweets.
See Ya Later, Alligator
Trent Tweddale of Wesley Chapel, Florida, was walking his six-year-old rescue dog, Loki, last Monday when the pup put his paws in a river that had swelled from recent rains. Suddenly, a 13-foot alligator lunged out of the water and attacked Loki, grabbing his front leg and pulling him into the river.
Trent, a former Army staff sergeant, didn’t hesitate as he jumped to Loki’s rescue. He plunged knee-deep into the swampy stream and repeatedly hit the alligator’s head until the attacker let go. Trent received only a few minor scratches from the encounter. After emergency surgery on his front leg, Loki returned home safely.
As a librarian for Montgomery County Public Schools in Virginia, Kelly Passek values the impact she has on students’ academic growth. When her school district transitioned to online learning due to the pandemic, Kelly puzzled over how to connect young pupils with the resources they need to succeed.
Last week, Kelly began using drones to deliver books to secluded students, becoming the first school district in the world to do so. The librarian fulfills online book requests at the school library, preparing individual boxes and then dropping them off with the drone service Wing for aerial shipment.
Shortages of personal protective equipment have occurred worldwide as hospitals scramble to keep medical workers safe from the spread of COVID-19. In Uganda, where hundreds of tons of plastic are discarded annually, entrepreneurs Peter Okwoko and Paige Balcom saw an opportunity to turn an environmental issue into a medical solution.
Peter and Paige previously co-founded Takataka Plastics, a business that ordinarily recycles plastic bottles as roofing tiles. Now, the pair uses the waste to create face shields for medical workers, making 1,200 of the eco-friendly face shields so far.
Self-reflection just got social
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🚀 Whatever Floats Your Boat Rocket… SpaceX has begun hiring engineers to help develop and build floating spaceports for the company’s Super Heavy-class launch vehicles bound for the Moon and Mars.
🐢 The Tortoise & The Spares… Diego, the 100-year-old Galápagos tortoise, has finally been returned to his native island of Española. Around 50 years ago, Diego was just one of two males of his species left alive. Today, he is known for fathering ~40% of the 2,000 giant tortoises alive today.