Sen. Bill Cassidy co-sponsors act to reform online platform moderation

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy has co-sponsored an act that would increase accountability for big internet platforms and erase the opportunity for them to take down content without warning.

The Platform Accountability and Transparency act aims to protect  Section 230, “which has governed internet development for more than 20 years, while making significant reforms to better protect Americans during their online experience,” according to an official press release .

The PACT Act can create more transparency by requiring online platforms to to explain their content moderation practices in use of an acceptable policy and promote open collaboration and industry guidelines through a National Institute of Standards and Technology-led voluntary framework.

The PACT Act also aims to hold online platforms accountable by requiring online platforms to provide a defines complaint system and give notice to consumers within two weeks. The act will also allow consumers to appeal the moderation decision of the company.

Another way the PACT ac will hold online platforms available by allowing small online platforms to have more room in responding to complaints, removing certain content and acting on illegal activity based on their size.

 The act was originally introduced by Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii.

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