The Biden administration’s agenda, already focused on the coronavirus, will face immediate pressure to address a related tech issue: access to home broadband that has become essential to continuing work, school and other important activities during the pandemic.
Last December, during a conversation with the New York Times editorial board, then-candidate Joe Biden declared that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a foundational law of the Internet that was intended to govern how companies moderate speech online, “immediately should be revoked, number one.” Presidents, of course, can’t simply make legislation disappear, but they can try to move things along with executive orders.
Back in May, Donald Trump issued an order meant to dissuade social-media companies from exercising editorial control over material that appeared on their platforms. Twitter had recently infuriated him by adding a generic fact-check label to a tweet of his that declared mail-in ballots to be fraudulent. Biden’s complaint about Section 230, however, was not that social-media companies were exercising too much editorial control but that they were not exerting enough. It is irresponsible, Biden suggested, that Section 230 immunizes companies from libel and civil suits for material posted on their sites by third parties, no matter how harmful.Continue reading How Joe Biden Could Help Internet Companies Moderate Harmful Content
Joe Biden’s comment to the Tangerine Toddler (yes, that’s Donald Trump) in this week’s presidential “debate” of “will you shut up man” is up for sale, including the domain name along with a range of merchandise seeking to capitalise on the comment.
Facebook removed a network of fake accounts and pages created by Russian operatives who had recruited U.S. journalists to write articles critical of Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, in an apparent bid to undermine their support among liberal voters.
Joe Biden’s campaign has snapped up the .com domain name that makes up President Donald Trump’s re-election slogan, “Keep America Great”. Biden’s team has used the domain name for a site that’s now filled with “Promises Made, Promises Broken” by the Tangerine Toddler, along with his “Failures”, of which there are many. The Washington Post Fact Checker lists over 20,000 false or misleading statements by the Toddler.