GOP senators call out Big Social for censorship

Friday, September 11, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Facebook like buttonThree U.S. senators have introduced a bill meant to stop Big Social from censoring conservative views. 

Senators Roger Wicker, Lindsey Graham, and Marsha Blackburn have introduced the Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act. It amends Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields social media companies from liability when they remove content from their sites.

Dan Gainor of MRC TechWatch says the Communications Decency Act serves a valid purpose.

“Congress actually wanted the companies to restrict bad speech which, at the time, they considered to be pornography and defamation,” he advises. “What's happened, though, over time, is what the companies considered to be ‘bad speech’ is now speech they disagree with.”

Gainor

The senate bill would specify what types of speech Big Social still can censor – pornography and terror threats, for example - and what types it cannot.

Gainor says both Democrats and Republicans have been calling for changes to Section 230 – but for opposite reasons. Conservatives want more free speech and liberals want less, he insists.  

“What they want Facebook to do is shut down anybody they disagree with,” he says of far-left Democrats. “So they want them to shut down the President. They want them to stop the president's ads. They want them to use these bogus fact-checkers that Facebook has engaged and use them on political ads.”

using Twitter (tweeting)Of course, being a private company and not a state actor means protections such as the First Amendment don’t apply to Big Social regardless of their record of censoring views.

Gainor and MRC, however, are familiar with the cozy relationship between the Democrat Party and its allies in the supposed independent national media.  

“In France, Facebook was working with the French government to restrict speech. It does so in other countries,” Gainor says. “Now those countries don't have the First Amendment, but if Facebook starts trying to restrict speech in America based on foreign rules, is it a state actor?” 

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