Speaker Pelosi Pushes to Remove Legal Protections for Online Content in Trade Pact
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is pushing to strip out sweeping legal protections for online content in the new trade pact with Mexico and Canada, in what would be a blow for big technology companies. Internet firms lobbied hard to include the immunity language in the trade agreement, seeing it as a way to extend to Mexico and Canada the broad umbrella of legal protection they enjoy in the US. But the trade-pact language also could make it harder for Congress to withdraw the current federal online protections for internet firms in the future, some lawmakers fear. That is causing second thoughts about including the legal shield—regarded by tech firms as a pillar of the internet—in a trade pact.
Nancy Pelosi Pushes to Remove Legal Protections for Online Content in Trade Pact