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US Justice Department to propose changes to internet platforms immunity – source


The U.S. Justice Department will unveil later on Wednesday a proposal that seeks to limit legal protections for internet platforms on managing content, a person briefed on the matter confirmed.

FILE PHOTO: A combination photo from files of Facebook Google and Twitter logos

FILE PHOTO: Facebook, Google and Twitter logos are seen in this combination photo from Reuters files. REUTERS/File Photos/File Photo

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Justice Department will unveil later on Wednesday a proposal that seeks to limit legal protections for internet platforms on managing content, a person briefed on the matter confirmed.

The proposal, which takes aim at Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, would need congressional approval and is not likely to see action until next year at the earliest. President Donald Trump said in late May he would propose legislation to scrap or weaken the law that has protected internet companies, including Twitter, in an extraordinary attempt to regulate social media platforms where he has been criticized.

(Reporting by David Shepardson in Washington and Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; editing by Patrick Graham and Chizu Nomiyama)



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