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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) has introduced a new bill to stop censorship by Big Tech, aimed at rolling back legal perks that allow Silicon Valley companies to suppress political speech with impunity.
The bill would amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which currently allows tech platforms to censor material they consider “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.”
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Rep. Gosar’s bill would strike this section of the legislation, replacing it with a legal protection that gives tech companies immunity for granting users the ability to block or filter lawful speech.
This would effectively prohibit tech platforms from blocking, prioritizing, or removing lawful content. Instead, they would be forced to give this power to their users, who would then get to decide what content they see and when they see it.
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In a series of tweets, Rep. Gosar made the case for his bill.
“The Stop The Censorship Act revokes unprecedented immunities given to Big Tech for censorship of ‘objectionable’ material but retains immunities when acting in good faith to remove unlawful content or providing users the option to filter: i.e, Twitter’s Quality Filter” said Rep. Gosar.
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He continued, “Big Tech has demonstrated a clear bias against conservatives and censorship represents an existential threat to free speech, free markets and free elections.”
“Big Tech has been given blanket...
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