Sen. Amy Klobuchar aims to end immunity for companies that allow the spread of health misinformation

Klobuchar and Democrats in Congress have pushed social media companies to take down false information related to COVID-19 and vaccines. And they said Thursday that digital platforms shouldn’t be shielded from liability when their users post potentially dangerous content dealing with issues of health.

Under the proposed Health Misinformation Act, digital platforms would be liable for their users’ content if it conveyed false information related to critical health issues like COVID-19.

“For far too long, online platforms have not done enough to protect the health of Americans,” Klobuchar said in a news release. “These are some of the biggest, richest companies in the world and they must do more to prevent the spread of deadly vaccine misinformation.”

The U.S. Surgeon General last week warned that misinformation poses “a serious threat to public health” and said slowing its spread is a “moral and civic imperative.” And echoing those concerns, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor state lawmakers on Thursday called on their Republican colleagues to prevent the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine in the face of the growing number of delta variant cases in the state.

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