102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 2/22/2021, by Rep. Ryan Spain
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Social Media Platforms Liability for Incitement of
Violence Act. Provides that a social media platform having actual
knowledge of a post on its platform that causes an incitement of violence
shall remove the post within 24 hours. Provides that failure by a social
media platform to remove the post within 24 hours shall result in a civil
penalty of $10,000 per violation. Effective immediately.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning civil law.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Media Platforms Liability for Incitement of Violence Act.
As used in this Act:
"Incitement of violence" means speech that creates an
immediate risk of harm to a specific person or persons or to
"Post" means any information or data submitted by a third
party to a social media platform that is capable of then being
displayed using the software or approved hardware.
"Social media platform" means an electronic medium where
users may create and view user-generated content, such as
uploaded or downloaded videos or still photographs, blogs,
video blogs, podcasts, or instant messages.
A social media platform having
actual knowledge of a post on its platform that causes an
incitement of violence shall remove the post within 24 hours.
Failure by a social media platform
to comply with the provisions of Section 10 shall result in a