Democrat Senators Amy Klobuchar and Ben Ray Luján introduced new legislation that will hold social media companies accountable for allowing the dissemination “health-related misinformation” on their platforms during “public health emergencies.”
The legislation is being called the Health Misinformation Act and will hold companies legally accountable for “misinformation.” As for what misinformation refers to in the legislation is largely up to interpretation.
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“For far too long, online platforms have not done enough to protect the health of Americans,” Klobuchar said in a press release. “These are some of the biggest, richest companies in the world and they must do more to prevent the spread of deadly vaccine misinformation.”
“Earlier this year, I called on Facebook and Twitter to remove accounts that are responsible for producing the majority of misinformation about the coronavirus, but we need a long term solution,” she continued. “This legislation will hold online platforms accountable for the spread of health-related misinformation. The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how lethal misinformation can be and it is our responsibility to take action.”
Klobuchar said earlier this week on CNN’s “State of the Union”that Facebook and other social media companies should face consequences for allowing “misinformation” to spread online.
This comes after President Joe Biden asserted last week that platforms that allow the spread of misinformation online are “killing people.” He has since walked back these comments, saying that social media companies are not killing people, but rather, users who post “outrageous misinformation.”