WSJ News Exclusive | DOJ to Seek Congressional Curbs on Immunity for Internet Companies

WSJ News Exclusive | DOJ to Seek Congressional Curbs on Immunity for Internet Companies
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WASHINGTON—The Justice Department on Wednesday proposed to Congress ways to curb longstanding legal protections for internet companies such as Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Twitter Inc. and force them to shoulder more responsibility for managing content on their platforms.

The proposal advances two main goals the Trump administration and the department outlined in June: encouraging online platforms to actively address illicit conduct and manage content on their sites in fair and consistent ways.

The department refined its proposal in the intervening months based on feedback from market participants and other stakeholders such as victims’ rights groups. As a result of that process, the department made some changes, including clarifying…



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