Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. | Paul Sancya/AP Photo
By CRISTIANO LIMA
11/14/2019 12:45 PM EST
Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) are calling for sweeping changes to the online industry’s liability protections, the latest 2020 presidential candidates to suggest amending the legal shield.
Yang’s campaign on Thursday unveiled a plan to “amend the Communications Decency Act to reflect the reality of the 21st century — that large tech companies are using tools to act as publishers without any of the responsibility.” A provision within that law, Section 230, shields digital services from lawsuits over both user-generated content and their efforts to take down harmful material.
Yang, a former tech entrepreneur, said in a blog post that “given the role of recommendation algorithms — which push negative, polarizing, and false content to maximize engagement — there needs to be some accountability.”