senate Bill S7275

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Prohibits hate speech on internet platforms and social media networks

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Consumer Protection Committee


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Jan 15, 2020 referred to consumer protection

S7275 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Consumer Protection
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §394-ccc, Gen Bus L

S7275 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "social media hate speech accountability act"; prohibits hate speech on internet platforms and social media networks; defines terms; provides that the provider of a social media network shall maintain an effective and transparent procedure for handling complaints about hate speech content (view more) authorizes attorney general enforcement; further authorizes up to one million dollars for a violation; makes related provisions.

S7275 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7275 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7275

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 15, 2020
                               ___________

Introduced  by Sen. CARLUCCI -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection

AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation  to  enacting  the
  social media hate speech accountability act

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be  cited  as  the  "social
media hate speech accountability act".
  §  2. The general business law is amended by adding a new section 394-
ccc to read as follows:
  § 394-CCC. SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS; HATE SPEECH PROHIBITED. 1.  AS  USED
IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A) "HATE SPEECH" MEANS A PUBLIC EXPRESSION, EITHER VERBALLY, IN WRIT-
ING  OR THROUGH IMAGES, WHICH INTENTIONALLY MAKES AN INSULTING STATEMENT
ABOUT A GROUP OF PERSONS BECAUSE OF RACE, ETHNICITY, NATIONALITY,  RELI-
GION OR BELIEFS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY OR PHYSICAL, MENTAL
OR INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY.
  (B)  "INTERNET  SERVICE PROVIDER" MEANS ANY PERSON, BUSINESS OR ORGAN-
IZATION QUALIFIED TO DO BUSINESS IN THIS STATE  THAT  PROVIDES  INDIVID-
UALS, CORPORATIONS, OR OTHER ENTITIES WITH THE ABILITY TO CONNECT TO THE
INTERNET THROUGH EQUIPMENT THAT IS LOCATED IN THIS STATE.
  (C) "TELEMEDIA SERVICE PROVIDERS" OR "PROVIDERS" MEANS SERVICE PROVID-
ERS,  WHICH, FOR PROFIT-MAKING PURPOSES, OPERATE INTERNET PLATFORMS THAT
ARE DESIGNED TO ENABLE USERS TO SHARE ANY CONTENT WITH OTHER USERS OR TO
MAKE SUCH CONTENT AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS,
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO  FACEBOOK,  YOUTUBE,  TWITTER,  INSTAGRAM,
SNAPCHAT, TUMBLR AND FLICKR.
  2.  INTERNET PLATFORMS OFFERING JOURNALISTIC OR EDITORIAL CONTENT, THE
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHICH LIES WITH THE SERVICE PROVIDER ITSELF, AND SUCH
INTERNET PLATFORMS THAT ARE DESIGNED TO ENABLE INDIVIDUAL  COMMUNICATION
OR  THE  DISSEMINATION  OF  SPECIFIC CONTENT SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE SOCIAL
MEDIA NETWORKS AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH (C) OF SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF  THIS
SECTION.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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