§ 230 and the Protecting Americans Against Dangerous Algorithms Act
You can see the PDF of my testimony (and the other witnesses’ testimony as well), but I thought I’d also blog the text; I commented separately on five different proposals, so I thought I’d break this down accordingly. As I noted, my plan wais mostly to offer an evenhanded analysis of these proposals, focusing (in the interests of brevity) on possible nonobvious effects. I also included my personal views on some of the proposals, but I will try to keep them separate from the objective analysis.
[IV.] Protecting Americans Against Dangerous Algorithms Act
This bill would deprive platforms of immunity from
- claims brought for conspiracy to interfere with civil rights (42 U.S.C. § 1985), failure to prevent conspiracy to interfere with civil rights (42 U.S.C. § 1986), and international terrorism (18 U.S.C. § 2333) when
- “the claim involves a case in which the interactive computer service used an algorithm . . . to rank, . . . recommend, [or] amplify . . . information . . . provided to a user of the service if the information is directly relevant to the claim.”
Responses to a user’s “specifically search[ing] for” “information” are excluded, as are services with 10 million or fewer unique monthly visitors and infrastructure companies that provide hosting, domain registration, and the like.
The bill would also exclude recommendations that come from simple and nonpersonalized algorithms—sorting “chronologically or reverse chronologically,” “by average user
Article from Reason.com