H. R. 492
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 11, 2019
Mr. Gohmert introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide that an owner or operator of a social media service that hinders the display of user-generated content shall be treated as a publisher or speaker of such content, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Biased Algorithm Deterrence Act of 2019.
Exception to protection from treatment as publisher or speaker
Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 230) is amended—
in subsection (c), by adding at the end the following:
Notwithstanding paragraph (1), an owner or operator of a social media service that displays user-generated content in an order other than chronological order, delays the display of such content relative to other content, or otherwise hinders the display of such content relative to other content, if for a reason other than to restrict access to or availability of material described in paragraph (2)(A) or to carry out the direction of the user that generated such content, shall be treated as a publisher or speaker of such content.
Use of algorithms
If an algorithm of a social media service is used to engage in an action related to user-generated content that is described in subparagraph (A), such action shall be considered to be the action of the owner or operator of the social media service.
in subsection (f), by adding at the end the following:
Social media service
social media service means any interactive computer service provided over the internet that connects users for the purpose of such users engaging in dialogue, sharing information, collaborating, or otherwise interacting.
user-generated content means content that is supplied on a social media service by an information content provider who is a user of such service.
algorithm means a computer program that performs any action described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) of paragraph (4).