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IBM advocates change to 1996 law protecting internet firms

Friday 12 July 2019 | 11:00 CET | News
IBM has proposed amending a 1996 law that gives internet companies liability protection for content posted by users on their platforms. In a blog post signed by IBM government and regulatory affairs technology policy executive Ryan Hagemann, the company said developers of online services shouldn’t automatically be shielded from the legal consequences of third-party posts. “We simply believe companies should also be held legally responsible to use reasonable, common-sense care when it comes to moderating online content,” said Hagemann.

The liability exemption in question is part of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, described as “a measure designed nearly a quarter-century ago to foster an infant internet”. IBM said it advocates adding a “reasonable care” standard to the Act to ensure internet platforms are held responsible for moderating online content. “Instead of holding all online platforms exempt from liability by default, IBM believes that the exemption should be conditioned on companies applying a standard of “reasonable care” and taking actions and preventative measures to curb unlawful uses of their service,” said Hagemann.


 



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Countries: United States
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