Exclusive-Paul Gosar Sounds Alarm on USMCA’s Language Codifying Big Tech Censorship

Breitbart | 5/24/2019 | Staff
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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) told Breitbart News exclusively on Friday that he has started drafting and circulating a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, sounding the alarm about how the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) could codify big tech’s ability to censor conservatives.

Rep. Gosar started drafting a letter to Robert Lighthizer, urging him to remove USMCA Article 19.17 that would enshrine technology companies’ legal immunity from Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that allows tech companies to censor on their platforms without significant legal recourse.

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Congressman Gosar told Breitbart News that America, Canada, and Mexico should not reward tech companies’ censorship practices with an international liability shield to continue censoring on the “public square.”

“Tech companies have violated Americans’ privacy, manipulated users, violated consent decrees, and continue to engage in censorship of the public square. They shouldn’t be rewarded with an international liability shield, codified in a permanent trade agreement and possibly future pacts as well,” Congressman Gosar told Breitbart News. “The people’s representatives should have the opportunity to continue to reform the laws that underpin the Internet, including section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.”

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Congressman Gosar has started circulating the letter around Congress and in the next few weeks could garner robust support from members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, of which Rep. Gosar is a member. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has signed onto Goesar’s letter.

Freedom Caucus members such as chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), have become increasingly critical of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. This week, Meadows said that they might have to take “extreme measures” to address big tech censorship.

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The letter could garner further support from other House Republicans such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who has lambasted tech companies’ censorship practices.

Gosar said in the draft letter to Lighthizer, “As...
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