I think one aspect of tech reform will be legislation aimed at ensuring future threats to democracy…and I’m talking about executive power grabs enabled by populist propaganda on social media and television and radio…are better defended.
I don’t think this will be based on Section 230. I mean, should Facebook really be responsible when propaganda is shared? Maybe, because there is public injury that results from the widespread distribution of propaganda. Holding the distributors responsible for distribution sounds reasonable. But maybe not.
What we really need, though, are laws that address the propaganda itself, i.e. the source organizations that are using social media purposefully to build a fascist populist base, to promote sedition. They are peddling dangerous propaganda broadly, with intent.
That activity is already illegal when government does it. But it’s not yet illegal for companies or individuals to sign themselves up as stooges to a political party or President and peddle dangerous propaganda on their behalf, or just simply give them air time under the pretext of an interview.
Fox News, case in point. These kinds of things need to be illegal. More discussion here.