Brindisi introduces Bianca's Law to prevent graphic content on social media

Keith Hunt // WKTV

Congressman Anthony Brindisi has introduced legislation to prevent the spread of graphic and violent content on social media, after photos of a local teen’s death were shared on various platforms in 2019.

Posted: Sep 21, 2020 2:16 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2020 2:29 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Congressman Anthony Brindisi has introduced legislation to prevent the spread of graphic and violent content on social media, after photos of a local teen’s death were shared on various platforms in 2019.

On Monday, Brindisi joined the family of Bianca Devins, who was murdered in Utica in July of 2019, to announce Bianca’s Law.

“What happened to Bianca and her family is unimaginable, and we cannot stand by and let another family go through the horror and harassment the Devins family did. Bianca’s Law is about preventing that kind of heartache from ever happening again,” said Brindisi.

Bianca’s Law would:

  • Require all social media platforms with more than $10 million in revenue, and more than 100,000 monthly users, to establish an office dedicated to identifying and removing violent content that violates the platform’s content moderation standards.
  • Increase transparency by requiring social media companies to publicly report the phone number of their content moderation office, ensure the chief content moderator reports directly to the CEO of the company, and establish staff trainings and routine audits.
  • Empower the FTC and State Attorneys General to enforce these requirements and impose penalties on the companies if they do not comply.
  • Give social media companies an incentive to moderate their content by allowing for public-facing accountability.

"Our bill will hold big social media companies like Facebook and Instagram accountable for the spread of graphic content on their platforms, and if these companies don’t deliver, the FTC will step in and make them," said Brindisi. "It shouldn’t take intervention from a member of Congress to stop families from being terrorized with violent images of their daughter’s murder. After everything they’ve been through, the Devins family deserves to know that they, and any other family, will never face this kind of abuse ever again. I’ll keep working on the federal level to get Bianca’s Law passed.”

Brandon Clark was arrested and charged with Devins' murder in 2019. Clark was assigned a new attorney after he requested to withdraw his guilty plea in August. His next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22.

To read Bianca's Law in full, click here.

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