Tech censorship is one of the greatest challenges facing the country.
A small group of oligarchs control America’s discourse.
But Republicans just made one big move against Big Tech that has conservatives cheering.
Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) are drafting a bill to strip social media platforms of their Section 230 protections.
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act essentially allows digital companies to curate content on their sites without being held to the standard of publishers like a newspaper.
But companies have abused this carve-out and used it to silence conservatives and anyone with strong counter-narrative opinions.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers told Fox News, “Big Tech can no longer be allowed to hide behind Section 230,” adding the draft legislation is their “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 time to expose Big Tech’s bias and make sure they treat constitutionally protected speech fairly.”
The censorship of right-wingers has gradually ramped up over the past five years.
The wakeup call for many people – even some principled liberals – was when the sitting President of the United States was summarily booted off every single social media platform.
If the President can get the big boot, anyone can get it.
Section 230 states:
“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.”
Sites have been getting away with censorship by using the “otherwise objectionable” clause.
For example, discussing the Wuhan lab leak hypothesis was grounds for permanent suspension on Twitter until the establishment decided the theory was within the Overton window.
It’s absurd that a handful of Big Tech CEOs can control the national conversation at the behest of the establishment.
The bias has gotten so absurd, stating the biological fact that “men aren’t women” is grounds for termination from the platform.
Feminist writer Meghan Murphy discovered that the hard way.
So a fringe leftist theory has now been deemed the “mainstream” opinion on social media.
Section 230 protections need to go if these platforms are going to behave as agents of the state, which they’ve clearly shown a willingness to do.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.