Why Hawley’s Bill Is The Right Tool To Fight Big Tech’s Censorship Of Conservatives

The Federalist | 7/9/2019 | Adam Candeub and Jeremy Carl
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Every day brings news of Facebook or Twitter de-platforming yet another conservative writer. Academic studies confirm that major social media firms disproportionately de-platform conservatives. This should not surprise given that more than 90 percent of donations from big tech employees go to Democrats.

A majority of Americans now get their news from social media, and it is the primary source of news for young Americans. Such a marketplace of ideas, skewed by a discriminatory Internet, will further disadvantage conservative ideas in a media environment already hostile to them. Given this reality, conservatives have a clear and compelling interest in ensuring that our views can be seen on 21st-century news sources.

Missouri - Sen - Josh - Hawley - Stake

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley realizes what is at stake. His recently introduced Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act will stop major internet firms from targeting conservatives.

The bill modifies the special liability break Congress gave internet providers in section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Specifically, to receive the benefits of Section 230, the Federal Trade Commission would certify that a platform “does not moderate information provided by other information content providers in a manner that is biased against a political party, political candidate, or political viewpoint.”

Congress - Section - Internet - Platforms - Prodigy

Congress passed Section 230 in 1996 to protect nascent internet platforms, such as Prodigy or AOL, essentially eliminating the liability resulting from user-generated content. In other words, Section 230 freed AOL from liability for libel or illegal threats resulting from their users’ postings.

This immunity is extraordinary, going far beyond that granted to other content providers. After all, bookstores and newsstands are liable for the libelous or otherwise tortious or illegal speech for which they have notice, newspapers have liability for the advertisements they publish, and even cable systems have liability for statements made on their public access channels.

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