Over the weekend, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said that if elected president in 2020, she would consider social networking companies such as Facebook and Twitter "responsible" for hate speech and radicalization. on their platforms, according to The Hill .
Harris announced his intentions to thwart domestic terrorism at the Liberty Fight Fund dinner at the Detroit NAACP on Sunday night. Throughout his speech, Harris discussed several recent attacks against racial and religious minority groups, such as the black churches in Louisiana that were set on fire last month and the shooting at the Pittsburgh synagogue that took place late last year.
"We will hold the social media platforms accountable for the hatred that infiltrates their platforms because they have a responsibility to help fight this threat to our democracy," said Harris.
It is not clear exactly how this goal would be achieved, but a growing number of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have begun to question whether the immunities that social media companies receive under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Law should be changed. or revoked. Republicans like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) worry that these platforms are prejudiced against conservatives. Democrats generally agree that the law allows companies to avoid responsibility for hate speech and the radicalized content that circulates on their platforms.
In his speech, Harris said that last year was the deadliest year recorded for national terrorism since the Oklahoma City bombing. 20 years ago. She continued, "We can not feed him. I tell you, I will not ignore it. I will not tolerate it. "
Harris said that, if elected, it would also" double "the resources of the Justice Department's civil rights division.
" If you benefit from hate, if you act like a megaphone for the misinformation or cyber warfare, if you do not monitor your platforms, we will hold you accountable, "said Harris.