The 2020 presidential election is approaching, and tech looms large over it. The role of Big Tech companies, the dangers of social media platforms, and the potential of a green future are all major issues in politics right now, and whoever wins in November will shape policies around them.
We’re breaking down those issues by examining Republican President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s stances on them. We’ll keep this story updated as the campaigns roll out new proposals throughout the 2020 election season.
We’ve reached out to both campaigns for additional details on the tech policies and will update this story when we hear back.
The issue: Social media platforms have taken a lot of flak over the last few years, and it turns out that castigating them is a bipartisan affair. Some critics on the left blame social media platforms for the surge in misinformation and extremism, while some critics on the right have accused these platforms of censoring conservative voices.
As the scrutiny has intensified, politicians have begun to take aim at Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a crucial law that shields internet service companies from liability for content their users post.
Biden’s stance: In January, Biden said he thinks Section 230 should be revoked. Speaking to the New York Times, Biden singled out Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg as proof that Section 230 is a problem, saying the legal shield “should be revoked because [Facebook] is not merely an internet company. It is propagating falsehoods they know to be false, and we should be setting standards not unlike the Europeans are doing relative to privacy.”
As of late May, Biden’s stance remained unchanged, according to a campaign statement given to The Verge.
Trump’s stance: Trump has also taken a harsh stance on Section 230. After Twitter appended a fact-check note to a tweet the president posted about mail-in voting, the president signed an executive order targeting Section 230 in the name of “preventing online censorship.”
The order stated that “Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see.” It directed federal agencies to clarify the scope of Section 230 and consider…………Read More>>