The Justice Department has proposed curbing legal protections that shield the likes of Facebook and Twitter from liability related to their users' actions on their platforms. President Trump describe the proposal as "concrete legal steps to protect an open internet and a free society." Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, who co-authored the legal protections, claimed the proposal was "a warmed-over mishmash of existing Republican proposals to force private companies to host lies, misinformation, hate speech and other slime online." That said, Joe Biden also wants to revoke the relevant protections, in order to counter the spread of false information. Wall Street Journal
President Trump yesterday declined to commit to a peaceful transition of power, in the event that he loses to Joe Biden in November. Trump: "We're going to have to see what happens. You know, I've been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster." Democrat Adam Schiff responded with: "This is how democracy dies." BBC
Cineworld Group, the London-listed owner of U.S. cinema chain Regal, has posted a loss of $1.64 billion for the lockdown-heavy first half of the year. It also warned about fresh lockdowns: "If governments were to strengthen restrictions on social gathering, which may therefore oblige us to close our estate again or further push back movie releases, it would have a negative impact on our financial performance and likely require the need to raise additional liquidity." MarketWatch
The British government is considering so-called "challenge trials" for candidate coronavirus vaccines, which would involve deliberately exposing healthy people to the pathogen. Challenge trials could speed up the testing process, as it means not having to wait for trial participants to become naturally exposed to the virus. But they raise ethical questions, too. Fortune
AROUND THE WATER COOLER
Documentarians Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested write for Fortune that U.S. policies are largely to blame for the dysfunction that leads many Central Americans to flee north. But, they say, better U.S. policy could also fix the problems by improving living conditions in Central America and Mexico and fighting corruption there. Fortune
EU competition czar Margrethe Vestager seems determined to appeal the striking-down of her $15 billion Irish back-tax bill for Apple. Many experts say that would be a risky move, both legally (an appeal would need to be based on points of law, and the judgement striking down the tax ruling was largely based on the facts of the case) and politically. But meanwhile, the European Commission is pressing on with its campaign against sweetheart corporate tax deals. Politico
The iOS and Android versions of Google Maps now feature a COVID-19 layer, showing case numbers and trends for many cities, counties, provinces and countries. Google says the tool will help people "make more informed decisions about where to go and what to do." CNBC
Consumer behavior changed drastically once the pandemic hit, so consumer-focused businesses' algorithms have had to change too. As Accenture applied intelligence chief Lan Guan put it in a Fortune-organized online chat, "A.I. is actually a living and breathing engine." Fortune
This edition of CEO Daily was edited by David Meyer.
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