Republican representatives from both Ohio and Washington; Jim Jordan and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, respectively, have penned a “discussion draft” aimed at popping the bubble of protection afforded to Big Tech under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
According to Fox Business, “The “discussion draft” legislation, penned by McMorris Rodgers, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, exclusively obtained by Fox News, would prevent Big Tech companies from using Section 230 liability protections to “silence conservatives.”.
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As The Daily Wire expounded upon , “The bill would amend Section 230 of the Communications Act to provide that immunity does not apply to ‘certain companies’ and would require internet platform companies to ‘implement and maintain reasonable and user-friendly appeals processes for decisions about content on the platforms,“.
Section 230 further stipulates that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
“Big Tech can no longer be allowed to hide behind Section 230.” She said their drafted bill, which has not been given an introduction date yet, is intended to act as a “solution to remove Big Tech altogether from Section 230 and put them under new obligations that will hold them more accountable for censoring Americans.”.
It’s not just the right of a person who speaks to be heard, it is the right of an audience, listener, or reader to read or listen. When an organization, particularly a monolith as powerful as Big Tech, seeks to quash that right, it is an issue that all Americans should have a unified concern about.
Unfortunately, these days, it seems that the preservation and promulgation of freedom of speech is a solely Conservative concern. The hope is that the other side may, even if it takes legislation to do it, see where their stake and concern in this debate really is.