The U.S. Justice Department proposed on Wednesday that Congress pursue legislation to limit protections enjoyed by big tech platforms like Alphabet’s Google and Facebook. U.S. President Donald Trump has also called for a crack down on tech giants.
“These reforms are targeted at platforms to make certain they are appropriately addressing illegal and exploitive content while continuing to preserve a vibrant, open, and competitive internet,” Attorney General William Barr stated.
Trump said in late May he would propose legislation to scrap or weaken laws shielding internet companies in an attempt to regulate outlets.
“The president expressly called on DOJ to develop such model legislation in the Executive Order signed recently, and yes, President Trump is pleased to see the department following through,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
Senator Josh Hawley joined with three other Republicans on Wednesday on the introduction of a bill that allowing people to sue tech companies if they feel that their speech has been censored.