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Key Lawmaker Eyes Pre-Election Changes to Tech Liability Shield

  • Schakowsky asked staff to examine changes for political posts
  • Big tech platforms prize 230 measure for liability protection
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Representative Jan Schakowsky has asked her staff to examine changes to a liability shield that protects tech platforms such as Facebook Inc. from lawsuits because of her concerns about how fake information could be used in the 2020 presidential election.

The Illinois Democrat, who chairs a House subcommittee on consumer protection and leads the chamber’s efforts to write privacy legislation, said Tuesday her staff is studying possible changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law that protects big technology platforms from responsibility for user-generated content