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Google: if IT giants are made responsible for the published content, it will “turn the Internet”.

Published: 2023-01-13

Google is confident that expanding the responsibility of large Internet platforms for moderating the content published on them will not give the expected result. According to the IT giant, this approach will lead to the emergence of many portals on the Web that do not control content.

The US Supreme Court is considering a case on the expansion of the responsibility of Internet platforms for the materials published on them. We are talking about the proceedings, which began in 2016 at the request of the family of Noemi Gonzalez, who died a year earlier during a terrorist attack organized by the Islamic State group. Noemi's father accused Google, Twitter and Facebook of allowing terrorists to use their platforms to post extremist content.

“Google shares profits with ISIS and other extremist groups. By posting their videos on services such as YouTube, extremists connect Google ads, from which the company also profits, ”said the lawyer for the family of the deceased.

Current US law exempts Internet platforms from liability for content posted by third parties. This regulation has been in force since 1996. Last year, the plaintiffs stated that the mentioned norm does not relieve them of responsibility for the appearance of such content in the recommendations. The plaintiffs argue that while companies cannot be held liable for publishing extremist videos by third parties, they should be held accountable for the appearance of such material in user recommendations and collections.

At the same time, Google argues that the execution of the plaintiffs' demands could disrupt the entire system of the Internet and content moderation. The company believes that the reduction in limitations of liability may lead to the fact that large Internet companies will block all controversial content, including "controversial political speech." At the same time, small companies will refuse to moderate content, trying to avoid responsibility for any of their decisions. The effect of this will be exactly the opposite of what the plaintiffs want.

"The Court must reject new and untested theories that risk turning today's Internet into a forced choice between overly moderated large sites and small portals awash with objectionable content," Google said in a statement.