Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee are pushing a plan that would curtail social media from censoring free speech that they don’t like.
As part of that bill, users can sue the Big Tech giants whenever they censor people with conservative opinions. This will affect Google, Facebook, and Twitter hard. They need to make a lot of huge money payouts to those whose constitutional rights are being violated by Big Tech.
Perhaps then they will stop their censorship of anything that does not include all three political viewpoints. The left, the far left, and the extreme far left.
One way they could do this in addition to the lawsuits is to force them to count censoring conservatives as political contributions. That would limit how much censoring they can do without breaking the laws that limit political contributions.
House Republican members of the committee wrote:
“Big Tech is out to get conservatives.”
“Today, House Judiciary Republicans released their agenda to hold Big Tech accountable. This agenda presents specific proposals that will speed up and strengthen antitrust enforcement, hold Big Tech accountable for its censorship, and increase transparency around Big Tech’s decisions.”
“Our plan accelerates overdue antitrust scrutiny. The laws currently on the books can and should be used to break up Big Tech. The problem has been, however, that these actions take too long and they allow companies years of legal maneuvering.”
But, if you think any Democrats would vote for such a bill, you could need professional help. The Big Tech companies have used the Section 230 protections to effectively and selectively censor conservative opinion. That is exactly what the Democrats want them to do. This bill has no chance of passing until 2025 when a Republican is elected president.
The proposal notes that Big Tech’s content moderation decisions can be imposed summarily and with little justification.
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“This proposal will require that for large platforms, content moderation decisions and censorship must be listed, with specificity and particularity, on a publicly available website. A platform’s failure to do so would result in a massive fine,” it added.
Ranking member and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said that “Big Tech has targeted conservatives for far too long” and that “House Judiciary Republicans have had enough.”
Aside from Jordan, other Republican members of the committee include Reps. Matt Gaetz (Florida), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Darrell Issa (California), Ken Buck (Colorado), Mike Johnson (Louisiana), Andy Biggs (Arizona), Tom McClintock (California), W. Gregory Steube (Florida), Tom Tiffany (Wisconsin), Thomas Massie (Kentucky), Chip Roy (Texas), Dan Bishop (North Carolina), Michelle Fischbach (Minnesota), Victoria Spartz (Indiana), Scott Fitzgerald (Wisconsin), Cliff Bentz (Oregon), and Burgess Owens (Utah).