Hawley’s Bipartisan AI Bill to Empower Parents to Hold Big Tech Accountable Blocked on Senate Floor

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) delivered remarks on the Senate Floor and called for unanimous consent to pass his bill, the No Section 230 Immunity for AI Act. This legislation would clarify that Section 230 immunity does not apply to claims related to generative AI, ensuring consumers have the tools they need to protect themselves from harmful content produced by the latest advancements in AI technology.

“We have seen what [Big Tech companies] do with their subsidy from government when it comes to social media […] [Big Tech companies] censor the living daylights out of anybody they don’t like […] This government protects [Big Tech],” said Senator Hawley.

He continued, “[This bill] just says that these huge companies can be liable like any other company—no special protections from government […] It just breaks up the Big Government, Big Tech cartel. That’s all it does, and it says parents can go into court, same terms as anybody else, and make their case.”

Click here or above to watch his full remarks.

Senators Hawley and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) – the Ranking Member and the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, respectively – introduced the No Section 230 Immunity for AI Act in June to put power in the hands of consumers and give Americans impacted by nascent AI technology their day in court to hold Big Tech companies accountable.

Senator Hawley also previously announced five guiding principles for the future of AI legislation.

Senator Hawley’s call to unanimously pass the bill was objected to by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).