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Senate Panel Guts Tech’s Liability Shield on Child Abuse Content

Tech companies including Facebook Inc. would be vulnerable to state civil and criminal lawsuits for child sexual abuse material on their platforms under a bipartisan bill advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

The committee adopted a revamped proposal of legislation from Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), dubbed the EARN IT Act (S. 3398), that seeks to remove liability protections for tech companies related to child exploitative content.