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Chair of key U.S. House subcommittee eyes online election content changes – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) speaks during a news conference on the Trump Administration’s tax cuts at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, U.S., on June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chair of a key U.S. House Committee on consumer protection said she is exploring legislation around a federal law that exempts online platforms from legal liability for the material their users post, focusing on online content posted on elections.

Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act provides immunity to companies such as Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and Twitter for content posted by users, although companies can still be held liable for content that violates criminal or intellectual property law.

“I’m really worried about this… this idea that whatever content is paid for and posted, they have no responsibility for,” said Representative Jan Schakowsky, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on…

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