Joe Lieberman to introduce amendment making web hosts, blogs and forums potentially liable for anonymous commenters
As if Joe Lieberman hasn’t done enough damage to this country and people’s privacy rights as a Democrat, he’s looking for one last homerun before he retires at the end of the year. According to Patterico, Lieberman will propose an amendment this coming week to section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. According to McIntyre Vs. Ohio blog, Joe Lieberman’s amendment would change the existing law under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act that currently gives immunity to web hosts, bloggers and forum owners from whack jobs who make anonymous but threatening or terrorist type comments. Lieberman wants to make those who enjoy immunity now potentially liable for anonymous cowards comments, all in the name of “anti-terrorism.” Congress failed to censor the Internet with the whole SOPA/PIPA debacle when Internet users let their feelings be known. This amendment by Lieberman will be their second attempt to censor the Internet as many blogs and even more comment sections and forums will shut down because of the new law.
This amendment to that law would change that, by stripping out the immunity and leaving web hosts potentially liable. Yuck. A draft of the bill, apparently to be introduced tomorrow, is here: Section 230 Amendment The act as it stands now reads:
No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.
The amendment reads (underline is an addition and strike through is a deletion in legislatureland):
No A provider or user of an interactive computer service shall may be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.