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Bill introduced allowing users to sue Big Tech companies over political censorship concerns

This is long overdue considering the number of conservative outlets that have brought up complaints and lawsuits against the big tech companies. If you recall Prager U sued YouTube in 2017 and lost. The judge said that 1 st Amendment rights didn’t apply on the platforms. But this new bill allows the tech companies to be sued for bias censorship.

Fox News reported this Wednesday morning:

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced legislation Wednesday to give Americans the ability to sue major tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter if they engage in selective censorship of political speech.

The Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act, cosponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., would stop such companies from receiving immunity under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, unless they update their terms of service to promise to operate in good faith.

“For too long, Big Tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook have used their power to silence political speech from conservatives without any recourse for users,” Hawley said in a statement. “Section 230 has been stretched and rewritten by courts to give these companies outlandish power over speech without accountability. Congress should act to ensure bad actors are not given a free pass to censor and silence their opponents.”

The bill would allow users to sue companies for breaching that contractual duty of good faith, and it would make them pay $5,000 plus legal fees to each user who prevails in a case against them.

On a separate track — reflecting renewed pressure on these companies out of Washington — Fox News has learned that the Justice Department is recommending that lawmakers pass new legislation that would hold tech giants liable for content posted online. Any such legislation would roll back legal protections the online platforms have possessed for decades.

The DOJ will propose extensive changes to the law in question, Section 230, as early as Wednesday afternoon, according to DOJ officials.


Source: Hawley introduces bill targeting Big Tech companies over political censorship concerns

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  1. Dorothy Hyatt

    June 17, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Wonderful. Censorship is wrong, wrong, wrong, no matter which polictical party is involved.

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