The White House has repeatedly called for the revocation of Section 230, a law that protects online companies from liability for user-submitted content.
US President Joe Biden has called on Americans to speak out against racism, and said he will ask Congress to do more to hold social media companies accountable for spreading the virus. transmit hatred.
“White supremacists won’t have the last word,” Biden said Thursday at the United We Stand Summit featuring local leaders, experts and survivors. .
Biden said the United States has long suffered from a “wave of hatred” against minorities, a group that has been given “too much oxygen” by politics and the media in recent years.
The event also documented communities suffering from hate-based attacks, including mass shootings at gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016 and at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket earlier this year in which 10 blacks were shot down by a racist.
Hate crime in the US hit a 12-year high in 2020, the last available data, the FBI said last year.
‘Silence is complicity’
Participants gave Biden a standing ovation when he said he wanted Congress to “hold social media companies accountable for spreading hate”.
“I’m calling on Congress to remove the special immunity for social media companies and impose much stronger transparency requirements on all of them,” Biden said.
The White House has repeatedly called for the revocation of Section 230, a law that protects online companies from liability for user-submitted content, while also advocating a rise against trust. and transparent enforcement for technology companies.
The White House event comes just weeks after Biden warned in a speech in Philadelphia that “radical” Republicans were a threat to democracy.
Biden addressed criticism that the speech was divisive on Thursday.
“Silence is complicit, we cannot be silent,” Biden said. “There are people who say that we bring this up, we divide the country. Bring it up we gag it.”
Several major tech companies are also involved. YouTube says it’s expanding its efforts to combat “violent extremism” by removing content that glorifies acts of violence for the purpose of inspiring others to commit harm, raising funds, or recruiting. use.
Microsoft says it’s expanding its use of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to reliably detect violent threats and use games to build empathy.