GOP Senators Introduce Bill Empowering Americans To Sue Big Tech Companies Censoring Political Speech
Update: Just hours after media reports shined a light on a new DoJ legislative recommendation to hold tech giants accountable for censoring political speech and discriminating against conservatives, [the senate began moving forward.]
The “Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act,” will force tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet to bind themselves to “good faith” standards of impartiality outlined as follows:
- Users could sue the major Big Tech companies for breaching their contractual duty of good faith
- The duty of good faith would contractually prohibit Big Tech from: Discriminating when enforcing the terms of service they write (just like police and prosecutors are not supposed to discriminate when enforcing the law)
- Failing to honor their promises
- Big Tech companies who breach their duty of good faith would have to pay $5,000 plus attorney’s fees to each user who prevails.
Notably, Hawley is joined by Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton and Mike Braun. If passed, the bill would allow the Federalist and Zero Hedge to sue Google for unequal treatment.
Today I’m introducing new legislation to combat #BigTech censorship. It gives users the right to sue if the big platforms enforce their terms unfairly or unequally. Proud to be joined by @marcorubio @SenTomCotton @SenatorBraun https://t.co/OcvXfHXPYk
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 17, 2020
My new legislation would empower @FDRLST to sue @Google for unequal treatment & violation of Google’s own terms of service. It’s time to require the monopoly tech companies to act with good faith, not bad faith censorship https://t.co/6bsr7JLMS9
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) June 17, 2020
Other conservatives weighed in, including Meghan McCain.
Really grateful to you Senator and (@SenTomCotton @marcorubio) for introducing legislation to stop Silicon Valley censorship. The fact @Google thinks they can deplatform publications because they don’t agree with their politics is petrifying & dangerous to all Americans. https://twitter.com/hawleymo/status/1273225246334738432 …
Finally, during last night’s show, Tucker Carlson delivered a scathing indictment of Google, which controls 70% of online advertising. “When you’re in the news business, you obey Google…in all of human history, no entity has had more unchecked power over free speech than Google.
Tucker Carlson’s Opening Monologue Calling Out The GOP For Doing Nothing About Google’s Censorship
“If you’re worried about the concentration of power in the hands of a few unaccountable actors, and you very much should be, nobody has more unchecked power than Google does.” pic.twitter.com/gGKAkfrMU5
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) June 17, 2020
If you’re worried about the concentration of power in the hands of an elite few, you should be worried about Google, especially when it enjoys Section 230 protections that organizations, like Zero Hedge, do not.
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The DoJ just escalated its burgeoning feud with Silicon Valley by introducing a new legislative plan meant to make certain changes proposed in a Trump executive order signed late last month permanent – including a measure to strip tech giants of “liability shields” for activity and speech that happens on their platforms.
In effect, the DoJ proposal would rollback protections centered in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, something that’s gaining bipartisan support (albeit for vastly different reasons).
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