More Lawmakers Lean Toward Revoking Section 230 To Regulate Big Tech Companies

The Federalist | 7/11/2019 | Madeline Osburn
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When Sen. Josh Hawley introduced a bill last month aimed at regulating major internet firms, he received criticism from conservatives, libertarians, and especially from big tech itself. Now, Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham are also saying they would consider modifying Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to reign in big tech’s problematic censorship habits.

In Tuesday’s Senate hearing on online dangers for children, Graham said he would like to regularly audit tech companies, checking for compliance with best practices determined by a combination of industry, government, and nonprofit leaders.

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“Things would change tomorrow if you could get sued,” he said. “You can have these liability protections, because we’d like to save the industry and protect it for competition, but you have to earn it.”

Cruz told The Blaze on Tuesday that if internet companies are refusing to be neutral, then they should lose the Section 230 exemption from liability.

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“What’s happened is that [tech companies] have decided they don’t want to be neutral. They’re now admitting it, they’re not even pretending to be neutral,” Cruz said. “It...
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