We don’t yet know precisely what Joe Biden’s priorities will be if he’s elected President this November, but he made one thing clear this weekend. He’s no fan of either Facebook or Mark Zuckerberg and he’s sick and tired of seeing the social media giant running advertisements saying nasty things about him. But what can he do about it? For starters, he can push to repeal section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That’s the law that protects media platforms from being held liable for content their users publish. Eric Boehm at Reason describes this as Joe Biden’s war on free speech.
After being asked by the Times about previous comments Biden has made regarding Facebook’s refusal to remove negative ads targeting his campaign, the Democratic front-runner attacked both the social media platform and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
“I’ve never been a fan of Facebook,” Biden says. “I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan, I think he’s a real problem.” …
In this week’s interview with the Times, Biden has gone a step further. Now he’s calling for revoking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996—a snippet of federal law that’s generally regarded as the internet’s First Amendment, since it protects online platforms from being legally liable for content produced and posted by third parties.
While I disagree with Biden’s take on this, it’s for different reasons than the ones Eric Boehm brings up. While anything that anyone publishes can certainly qualify as “speech” of a sort, I’m not sure that this specific question even falls under any First Amendment considerations.