assembly Bill A7581A

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Requires social media networks to provide and maintain mechanisms for reporting vaccine misinformation on their platform

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to science and technology
Jun 09, 2021 print number 7581a
Jun 09, 2021 amend and recommit to science and technology
May 14, 2021 referred to science and technology

A7581 - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4512
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §394-ccc, Gen Bus L

A7581 - Summary

Requires social media networks to provide and maintain mechanisms and policies for reporting vaccine misinformation on their platform.

A7581 - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   7581
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 14, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M. of A. FAHY -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Science and Technology
 
 AN ACT to amend the general  business  law,  in  relation  to  requiring
   social media networks to provide and maintain mechanisms for reporting
   vaccine misinformation on their platform

   THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
 394-ccc to read as follows:
   § 394-CCC. SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS; VACCINE  MISINFORMATION  PROHIBITED.
 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING
 MEANINGS:
   (A) "VACCINE MISINFORMATION" MEANS A PUBLIC EXPRESSION, EITHER VERBAL-
 LY,  IN  WRITING  OR  THROUGH  IMAGES, WHICH INTENTIONALLY IS MISLEADING
 ABOUT VACCINES, VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS, VACCINE COMPONENTS, VACCINE  EFFI-
 CACY,  THE  RELATIONSHIP  BETWEEN  ILLNESS  AND  VACCINES,  OR ANY OTHER
 SUBSTANTIVE INFORMATION AS IT RELATES TO VACCINES.
   (B)  "SOCIAL  MEDIA  NETWORK"  MEANS  SERVICE  PROVIDERS,  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.
   2. A SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK SHALL PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN A CLEAR AND EASI-
 LY  ACCESSIBLE  MECHANISM  FOR  INDIVIDUAL  USERS  TO  REPORT  AND  MAKE
 COMPLAINTS OF VACCINE MISINFORMATION. SUCH MECHANISM  SHALL  BE  CLEARLY
 ACCESSIBLE  TO  USERS  OF  SUCH  NETWORK AND EASILY ACCESSED FROM BOTH A
 SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS' APPLICATION AND WEBSITE.
   3. EACH SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK SHALL HAVE A  CLEAR  AND  CONCISE  POLICY
 READILY  AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE ON THEIR WEBSITE AND APPLICATION WHICH
 INCLUDES HOW SUCH SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK WILL RESPOND  AND  ADDRESS  INCI-
 DENTS  OF  VACCINE  MISINFORMATION WHICH HAVE BEEN REPORTED. SUCH POLICY
 SHALL INCLUDE A MECHANISM TO ALLOW SUCH SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK TO  PROVIDE
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.

A7581A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S4512
Law Section:
General Business Law
Laws Affected:
Add §394-ccc, Gen Bus L

A7581A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires social media networks to provide and maintain mechanisms and policies for reporting vaccine misinformation on their platform.

A7581A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                  7581--A
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                               May 14, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M. of A. FAHY -- read once and referred to the Committee
   on Science and  Technology  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
   ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
 
 AN  ACT  to  amend  the  general  business law, in relation to requiring
   social media networks to provide and maintain mechanisms for reporting
   vaccine misinformation on their platform
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
 394-ccc to read as follows:
   §  394-CCC.  SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS; VACCINE MISINFORMATION PROHIBITED.
 1. AS USED IN THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING
 MEANINGS:
   (A) "VACCINE MISINFORMATION" MEANS A PUBLIC EXPRESSION, EITHER VERBAL-
 LY, IN WRITING OR THROUGH  IMAGES,  WHICH  INTENTIONALLY  IS  MISLEADING
 ABOUT  VACCINES, VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS, VACCINE COMPONENTS, VACCINE EFFI-
 CACY, THE RELATIONSHIP  BETWEEN  ILLNESS  AND  VACCINES,  OR  ANY  OTHER
 SUBSTANTIVE INFORMATION AS IT RELATES TO VACCINES.
   (B)  "SOCIAL  MEDIA  NETWORK"  MEANS  SERVICE  PROVIDERS,  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.
   2. A SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK THAT CONDUCTS BUSINESS IN THE  STATE,  SHALL
 PROVIDE  AND  MAINTAIN A CLEAR AND EASILY ACCESSIBLE MECHANISM FOR INDI-
 VIDUAL USERS TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF VACCINE MISINFORMATION.  SUCH  MECH-
 ANISM  SHALL  BE  CLEARLY ACCESSIBLE TO USERS OF SUCH NETWORK AND EASILY
 ACCESSED FROM BOTH A SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS' APPLICATION AND WEBSITE, AND
 SHALL ALLOW THE SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK TO PROVIDE A DIRECT RESPONSE TO ANY
 INDIVIDUAL REPORTING VACCINE MISINFORMATION INFORMING THEM  OF  HOW  THE
 MATTER IS BEING HANDLED.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD08384-04-1