Task force to study abusive online content, make policy recommendations
On Thursday, Vice President Kamala Harris announced a new White House task force dedicated to examining harmful content online and the potential for that content to feed hate and violence offline. The new task force is made up of Administration and agency officials, who will produce a report by the end of the year providing recommendations to federal and state policymakers.
“Families are sick and tired of online hate, Internet harassment, and gun violence, and it’s great to see the Biden Administration focusing on this,”said Chamber of Progress CEO Adam Kovacevich. “I’d love to see the Administration stand up against Republican anti-content moderation laws and protect Section 230 to ensure platforms can keep online communities safe. And as they check underneath the hood of the online ecosystem, it’s critical they examine not only the engine block but also the darkest corners of the Internet, including unmoderated platforms like 4chan that provide a pipeline for hateful content.”
Chamber of Progress has spearheaded coalition efforts to overturn Republican laws in states like Florida and Texas that would prohibit online platforms from taking down harmful content. In a recent Supreme Court case, Chamber of Progress brought together allies including the NAACP and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for an amicus brief opposing Texas’s anti-content moderation law, highlighting the need for platforms to remove harmful content before it spreads both online and off.
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