Justice Department wants to upend Silicon Valley's legal shield

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June 17, 2020

The Justice Department on Wednesday proposed a sweeping set of policy recommendations seeking to curtail legal protections of Facebook, Google and other major tech platforms, marking the latest move in Washington's escalating attempts to rein in social media companies...."We should question whether companies that serve as increasingly essential communication networks should have business models that profit from this harmful content in the first place," he said during a virtual event Tuesday hosted by George Washington University. "Whether it's changing a business model that creates powerful incentives to turn a blind eye to this content, restricting the ability of platforms to harvest people's data to serve people advertisements, or removing liability protections that shield platforms from liability, it's critical that policymakers around the world confront this issue in a serious and meaningful way."

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