By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-30-21

As part of the “social media as piñata” Big Tech bashing this week, which included Hill hearings on online privacy and Instagram’s impact on children, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has introduced a bill that would make social media companies liable “for bodily or mental harm their products cause to children.”

The bill would remove websites’ Sec. 230 immunity from civil liability, allowing parents to sue for damages from social media companies for “bodily injury or harm to mental health that is attributable, in whole or in part, to the individual’s use of a covered interactive computer service provided by the social media company.”

That comes as Facebook was raked over the proverbial coals in a Senate Consumer Protection Subcommittee hearing Thursday (Sept. 30) over internal documents that suggest it knew Instagram was harmful to young people, including to their mental health and wellbeing.  » Read More