- May 28, 2007
Safe harbour and hate speech on internet forums has become a talking point in the 2020 Presidential Election.
The former Texas congressman is also calling for social media giants to be held liable if they fail to take steps to prevent content that incites violence. All internet companies would be held liable if they promote such content.
O'Rourke is also calling for internet platforms to be required to adopt terms of service that ban hateful activities, which his campaign defined as "those that incite or engage in violence, intimidation, harassment, threats, or defamation targeting an individual or group based on their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability."
Large internet platforms would be required to put in place systems that are intended to identify violations of those terms and to have an appeals process when they block content.
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/16/politics/beto-orourke-plan-gun-violence-white-nationalism/index.htmlO'Rourke is proposing to remove legal immunity from large social media companies that fail to meet those requirements. And, in an effort to halt internet forums where white supremacy has flourished, such as 8chan and Stormfront, from returning, he is proposing to hold service providers liable "where they are found to knowingly promote content that incites violence."