EARN IT Act (2023)

The EARN IT Act allows federal and state governments to prosecute, and victims to sue, a site or service if CSAM is uploaded onto the platform. While the prevention of CSAM is a worthy goal, under the EARN IT Act, a platform may become legally liable for any uploads of illegal content, no matter how aggressively they work to block it.

Latest Action: Senate Judiciary committee ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. on May 3, 2023
Deadline: January 7, 2025

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Read the Bill: US S 1207 US HR 2732
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SAFE TECH Act (2023)

This attempt at Section 230 reform removes a platform’s liability protection in any circumstance where “the provider or user has accepted payment to make the speech available or, in whole or in part, created or funded the creation of the speech.”

The likely outcome of this is increased censorship as platforms that accept payments will face liability for what’s published on them.

This bill failed last year, but may gain more traction in our current political environment.

Latest Action: Bill text added on March 21, 2023
Deadline: January 7, 2025

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Read the Bill: US S 560 US HR 1231
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CASE–IT Act (2023)

Creates an exception to Section 230 immunity for information "harmful to minors" unless they "implement a system designed to effectively screen users who are minors from accessing such content, to the extent feasible using technology available at the time of such distribution."

Latest Action: Referred to committee on January 25, 2023
Deadline: January 7, 2025

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Introduced

Passed First Committee

Passed First Chamber

Passed Both Committees

Passed Both Chambers

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Read the Bill: US HR 573
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