Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley introduces bill to stop tech giants from censoring conservative speech

Thursday, June 20, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
Thursday, June 20, 2019

In recent days during an interview on Fox News, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said of the slow pace that those responsible for the Obama-era “Spygate” scandal to take down POTUS Donald Trump are being held to account: “Over time, slowly, grindingly, lots of stuff comes out that smart people thought they could keep secret.”

Message: Justice comes slow in the nation’s capital but, very often, it does come.

That can also be said about the country’s tech giants, who have been censoring conservative, pro-Trump content and banning individuals who support the president: Justice is slow, but it may be on its way.

A new bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) would hold social media companies accountable for their continued censorship practices by forcing them to adhere to the principles of free speech and expression as mandated by the First Amendment, or risk losing their liability waiver.

Called the “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act,” the bill, if passed and signed into law by the president, would “remove protections granted by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act if platforms are not acting neutral in regards to political views,” The Gateway Pundit reported.

At present, social media platforms can’t be held responsible or legally liable for any user-posted content because they are not really considered ‘publishers.’

But as the companies become more politicized and take editorial stances on positions, a growing number of critics have been calling for those protections to be stripped away.

Hawley’s bill would require tech platforms to follow the First Amendment for free and legal speech or lose their liability protections.

“With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” Hawley noted. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.” (Related: The best news websites to visit each day to beat the censorship purge by the evil tech giants.)

Tech platforms essentially admit they censor conservatives

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