HB 7: "An Act relating to restrictions placed on users of interactive computer services based on content or viewpoint; and adding unlawful acts to the Alaska Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 7 01 "An Act relating to restrictions placed on users of interactive computer services based 02 on content or viewpoint; and adding unlawful acts to the Alaska Unfair Trade Practices 03 and Consumer Protection Act." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 45.45 is amended by adding a new section to read: 06 Sec. 45.45.940. Interactive computer service restrictions based on content 07 or viewpoint. (a) A person that is an interactive computer service that represents itself 08 as having neutral, impartial, or nonbiased content may not, based on the content or 09 viewpoint expressed by a user of the service, 10 (1) block the user's content; 11 (2) censor the user's content; 12 (3) ban the user from using the service; 13 (4) remove the user's content; 14 (5) block or partially block the user or the user's content in a way that
01 is not readily apparent to the user; 02 (6) remove the user from a social media platform; 03 (7) require a viewer to take more steps to view the user's content than 04 are required to view the content of other users; 05 (8) remove the ability of the user's content to earn advertising income; 06 or 07 (9) otherwise restrict the speech or content of the user on the service. 08 (b) A person that is an interactive computer service does not violate (a) of this 09 section if the interactive computer service 10 (1) voluntarily and in good faith restricts access to or availability of 11 content that the interactive computer service reasonably considers to be obscene, lewd, 12 lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, regardless 13 of whether the content is protected by the Constitution of the State of Alaska or the 14 Constitution of the United States; or 15 (2) acts to enable, or make available to a person, the technical means to 16 restrict access to content described in (1) of this subsection. 17 (c) The prohibition in (a) of this section does not apply to a person that only 18 provides a connection to the Internet or another wide area network. 19 (d) In this section, 20 (1) "interactive computer service" means a service, system, access 21 software provider, Internet website, Internet application, Internet portal, or social 22 media platform that furnishes or enables computer access by multiple users to an 23 Internet server; 24 (2) "social media platform" means an Internet platform for users to 25 share content with other persons; 26 (3) "user" means a person that posts, uploads, transmits, or otherwise 27 publishes content through an interactive computer service. 28 * Sec. 2. AS 45.50.471(b) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read: 29 (58) violating AS 45.45.940 (interactive computer service restrictions 30 based on content or viewpoint).