Tech companies: US Senator Amy Klobuchar says tech companies should be responsible for ‘amplifying’ hate

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a prominent Democratic voice in tech regulation, said she doesn’t trust Elon Musk to run Twitter, and called for legislation stripping tech companies of legal immunity when they “amplify” hate speech or electoral lies.

In the wake of the assault on Paul Pelosi, the speaker’s husband, Klobuchar said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that tech companies are “making money out of this violence.”

Klobuchar, who leads the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee and has passed antitrust legislation targeting big tech companies, said Congress should amend the immunity from liability it granted to web platforms in 1996 for content posted by others on sites.

“I would reduce their immunity, and that would allow people to go after them when they make money from amplifying electoral lies and hate speech,” Klobuchar said.

Klobuchar added that lawmakers from both parties have expressed interest in such a change to the immunity clause in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

When asked if she trusts Musk to run Twitter, which he got last week, Klobuchar replied, “No, I don’t.”

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Musk argued that Twitter should be less aggressive about banning people from the platform for their posts, especially political leaders like former President Donald Trump.

He has delayed restoring access to the platform for people who have been banned from hate speech, bullying, or spreading misinformation about elections while the company is building a content board.

Klobuchar said Musk’s support for such a board was a “good sign” but added, “I remain concerned.”

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