Biden vows to end social media immunity over ‘spreading hate’

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The White House has repeatedly called for the repeal of Section 230, a law that protects online companies from liability over content posted by users.

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US President Joe Biden called on Americans to speak out against racism, saying he would ask Congress to do more to hold social media companies accountable for spreading hate.


“White supremacists will not have the last word,” Biden said Thursday at the United We Stand summit of local leaders, experts and survivors.

Biden said the United States has long experienced a “hate line” against minority groups that had been given “too much oxygen” by politics and the media in recent years.

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The event also recognized communities that suffered hate-based attacks, including mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016 and a Buffalo, New York, supermarket earlier this year that killed 10 black people. Was shot by a staunch racist.

The FBI said last year that hate crimes in the US hit a 12-year high in 2020, the last available data.

‘Silence is collusion’

Participants gave Biden a standing ovation when he said he wanted Congress to “hold social media companies accountable for spreading hate”.

“I am calling on Congress to get rid of special exemptions for social media companies and to impose more robust transparency requirements on all of them,” Biden said.

The White House has repeatedly called for the repeal of Section 230, a law that protects online companies from liability over content posted by users, and also supports increased antitrust and transparency enforcement on technology companies. Is.

In a speech in Philadelphia just weeks after the White House incident, Biden warned that “extremist” Republicans were a threat to democracy.

Biden addressed criticism that the speech was divisive on Thursday.

“Silence is collusion, we can’t keep quiet,” Biden said. “There are people who say we bring this, we divide the country. By bringing it up, we silence it.”

Several large technology companies also joined in. YouTube said it is expanding its efforts to combat “violent extremism” by removing content that glorifies violent acts intended to induce harm, fundraising or recruiting others.

Microsoft said it is expanding the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to detect credible threats of violence, and using gaming to build empathy.

Earlier this week, the Biden administration also announced $20m for dozens of organizations working to stop hate violence. Recipients historically included two black colleges and universities and two groups serving the LGBTQ community.

“Through the grant awards we are announcing today, we are equipping local communities and organizations – including those historically underserved – with the resources they need to be more effective partners, strengthen our security, and help the American people feel safe and secure in their daily lives and lives,” Alejandro Meyercas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement Wednesday.

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