Senator Josh Hawley Introduces Bill to Stop Big Tech CensorshipChris Menahan
Jun. 19, 2019
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Senator Josh Hawley introduced the "Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act" on Wednesday which if passed would force Big Tech companies to either respect free speech and the First Amendment and behave as unbiased platforms or lose their section 230 protections which shield them from liability.
Hawley released the following statement on his Senate page:
Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, a major update to the way big tech companies are treated under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).Big Tech lobbyists responded to the bill by saying that forcing them to respect Free Speech and the First Amendment is forcing them to support the KKK.
"This bill forces platforms to make an impossible choice: either host reprehensible, but First Amendment protected speech, or lose legal protections that allow them to moderate illegal content like human trafficking and violent extremism," said Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, in a statement. "That shouldn't be a tradeoff."This is a great opportunity to point out that Facebook, which owns Instagram, is actively promoting a "trans disabled model" who last week called for the "killing" of all "transphobes."
It's been a full week and they have not taken their posts promoting Philip down, nor have they condemned Philip's call for mass slaughter.
"This bill prevents social media websites from removing dangerous and hateful content, since that could make them liable for lawsuits over any user's posting," said Carl Szabo, general counsel at NetChoice, in a statement. "Sen. Hawley's bill creates an internet where content from the KKK would display alongside our family photos and cat videos."If the Koch brothers are against it, that's how you know the bill is good.
It's just a few pages, feel free to read it yourself. From my reading, it looked very solid.
The most important factor is that it would only apply to the biggest tech firms. This would not effect anyone but the largest companies and the Koch Industries lobbyist who claimed it would "punish success in the next generation of innovative startups" is a liar.
The fact of the matter is all these companies supported free speech and took a largely hands off approach to censoring political content up until Trump won his election -- at which point they all went into overdrive. By their own above definitions, that means they supported the KKK, neo-nazis, child exploitation and piracy.
These companies are now trying to claim returning to the largely neutral policies they had just a few years ago will cause the planet to explode.
If this bill would hurt Big Tech companies -- which I hope it would -- that's just more reason to support it. Innovation has dramatically stalled due to these companies buying up all their smaller competitors and now they're using their monopoly status to suppress political dissent and rig our elections.
We should all applaud Senator Hawley for taking the fight to these unAmerican monopolies on behalf of the American people. If these Big Tech companies want to behave like publishers then they should be treated like publishers.
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