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Conservatives are torn over how to respond after Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley proposed legislation Wednesday that would force big tech companies to prove they are politically neutral before getting certain legal protections.
Several conservatives are praising Hawley’s bill, which dramatically amends a law protecting tech companies from being sued for content users post on their platforms. Others believe the legislation could lead to more censorship of conservatives.
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“Social media companies that have routinely deplatformed conservatives and censored conservative speech should no longer enjoy the protections granted to politically neutral platforms,” Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center, said in a statement Wednesday, referring to Section 230. “These tech companies claim they have no ideological bias — it is time they prove it.”
He was not alone. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is another Republican who has gone on the record as supporting changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law passed in 1996 as the Internet was young and growing. Cruz suggested amending the law while grilling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2018.
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Facebook, Twitter and other Silicon Valley giants enjoy a “sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” Hawley wrote in a statement announcing the bill.
“If social media firms are worried about being liable for user-generated content, they’re likely to be more aggressive in taking down any vaguely political content, out of fear that it could put them in legal jeopardy,” Philip Klein, a writer at the Washington Examiner, wrote in a tweet after the...
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