A former top U.S. National Security Agency lawyer is calling for Congress to hold social media platforms accountable and amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Section 230 provides social media platforms protection from legal liability for material posted by users on their platform. Republican lawmakers have zeroed in on the provision as ripe for an overhaul resulting from perceived censorship of conservative content by social media platforms, while Democratic lawmakers have expressed a willingness to regulate social media platforms as well.
Now, Glenn S. Gerstell, who left the NSA as general counsel earlier this year, is making the case that fixing social media is a matter of national security and Congress should change Section 230.
Mr. Gerstell wrote in the New Yorker that online disinformation poses an ongoing threat to the U.S. and it is time for the government to intervene.
“Amending Section 230 to impose some liability on social-media platforms, in a manner that neither cripples