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Yang, Gabbard take aim at tech’s legal shield

Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) are calling for sweeping changes to the online industry’s liability protections, the latest 2020 presidential candidates to suggest amending the legal shield.

Yang’s campaign on Thursday unveiled a plan to “amend the Communications Decency Act to reflect the reality of the 21st century — that large tech companies are using tools to act as publishers without any of the responsibility.” A provision within that law, Section 230, shields digital services from lawsuits over both user-generated content and their efforts to take down harmful material.

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