At the end of July, a Republican Arizona Congressman introduced legislation to fight back against Big Tech censorship.
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced the Stop the Censorship Act, which is aimed at disallowing Silicon Valley tech giants from silencing conservative voices online.
“Rep. Gosar’s legislation would revoke the unprecedented and unwarranted immunities given to Big Tech for the censorship of ‘objectionable’ content but retains immunities when acting in good faith to remove unlawful material or when providing users the option to filter: i.e, Google SafeSearch, Twitter Quality Filter or YouTube Restricted Mode,” according to Gosar’s website.
The legislation hits home at LauraLoomer.us. Loomer is perhaps the most banned woman on the internet. She has been banned from Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram, as well as Twitter, where she had 265,000 followers. Loomer is suing Facebook for $3 billion over her deplatforming, and separately suing Twitter and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) for her removal from that site.
Gosar wants to strip Big Tech of its protections under Section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act.
“Big Tech has been given blanket immunity by section 230 of the Communications Decency Act,” according to his site. “They claim ‘platform’s discretion for removing content but claim ‘publishers’ aren’t liable when they monetize their users’ content. Despite their claims, Big Tech does not always foreclose on violent or obscene behavior; in fact, they often monetize it- but they do police political speech. Therefore, Big Tech’s immunity should strictly be for good faith efforts to remove actual unlawful content.”
“Stop the Censorship Act facilitates the option for a self-imposed safe space or unfettered free speech- whichever the user chooses. Currently, the only content moderation options are versions of whatever material Big Tech wants you to see. This legislation would stop Big Tech censorship of competition and lawful political content.”
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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