WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and John Thune (R-SD) reintroduced the Internet Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency (Internet PACT) Act, bipartisan legislation which updates the Communications Act of 1934 by requiring social media companies to establish clear content moderation policies and holding them accountable for content that violates their own policies or is illegal.
“Big tech should not be able to take down content without explanation. This bill provides a much-needed spotlight on social media companies to better protect all Americans,” said Dr. Cassidy.
“Online companies need to establish clear content moderation policies, actually follow those policies, and respond to consumers when they raise concerns about their implementation,” said Senator Schatz. “By requiring these simple things, our bipartisan bill will better protect consumers and hold companies more accountable.”
“This bipartisan legislation is a common-sense approach to preserving user-generated content and free speech on the internet and holding Big Tech accountable by providing much-needed transparency to online consumers,” said Senator Thune. “In order to keep up with America’s ever-expanding digital landscape, and all of the consumers who depend on it, it’s important to pursue policies – like the Internet PACT Act – that protect online consumers by giving them more control of their online experience.”
There is widespread bipartisan agreement that social media platforms have inconsistent and opaque content moderation practices due to a lack of accountability. To address this, the Internet PACT Act creates more transparency by:
The Internet PACT Act holds platforms accountable by:
The Internet PACT Act protects consumers by:
In addition to Cassidy, Schatz, and Thune the bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), John Barrasso (R-WY), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and John Hickenlooper (D-CO).