White House Touts 'Section 230 Reforms' After Question On Elon Musk Buying Twitter

Chris Menahan
Apr. 26, 2022

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday responded to a question about Elon Musk buying Twitter by touting the Biden regime's commitment to reforming Section 230 in order to hold social media companies "accountable" for the "harms they cause."

"I'm not gonna comment on a specific transaction. What I can tell you as a general matter, no matter who owns or runs Twitter, the president has long been concerned about the power of large social media platforms, the power they have over our everyday lives, has long argued that tech platforms must be held accountable for the harms they cause," Psaki said.

"He's been a strong supporter of fundamental reforms to achieve that goal, including reforms to Section 230, enacting antitrust reforms, requiring more transparency. And he's encouraged that there's bipartisan interest in Congress. In terms of what hypothetical policies might happen, I'm just not going to speak to that at this point in time."

Section 230 allows tech companies to avoid legal liability for the posts of their users. Rather than reform Section 230 to ensure there's more free speech on the internet, the Biden regime, the Anti-Defamation League and other powerful lobbying groups have been pushing to change Section 230 to ensure Big Tech companies censor even more content.

Gab CEO Andrew Torba said in an open letter to Trump two years ago that "Section 230 is the only thing that stands between us and an avalanche of lawsuits from activist groups and foreign governments who don't like what our millions of users and readers have to say."

"Without Section 230, we couldn't stand up to these oppressive forces that want to eliminate free speech online," Torba said. "With Section 230, we can."

Psaki in the recent past pressured Spotify to censor so-called "misinformation," suggested people banned from one platform should be banned from all others and demanded that social media companies take additional steps to "reduce hate speech."

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