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Nearly a majority of Americans back Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) legislation to “stop big tech’s assault on free speech,” according to a poll released Thursday.
An Echelon Insights poll released Thursday found that 48 percent of registered voters back Sen. Josh Hawley’s Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, which would audit social media companies for bias, and if regulators found bias in either the big tech companies’ algorithm or content moderation process, those companies would lose their Section 230 immunity.
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Hawley’s office said the legislation would “stop big tech’s assault on free speech.”
Many experts, such as former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Wireless Bureau Chief Fred Campbell, believe that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act allows for giant social media companies such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter to censor without significant legal recourse.
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The survey revealed that 20 percent of Americans strongly favor Hawley’s bill, 28 percent somewhat support the legislation, while 30 percent remain unsure about it, compared to 14 percent who somewhat oppose the Missouri conservative’s bill, and seven percent strongly oppose the legislation to crack down on Internet censorship.
Sen. Hawley’s legislation also garners significant support across the political spectrum.
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Fifty-three percent of Republican voters back the legislation, 53 percent of independents support the bill, and 46 percent of Democrats support the legislation.
Fifty-seven percent of those who share political content on social media favor the legislation, 52 percent of voters older than 50 support Hawley’s legislation, 51 percent of white voters back the legislation as well,...
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