Congressman Gosar Introduces Legislation to Stop Big Tech Censorship
Washington, July 25, 2019 | Rory Burke
Today Congressman Paul Gosar introduced Stop the Censorship Act, addressing Big Tech’s censorship of free speech, free markets and free elections.
Rep. Gosar’s legislation would revoke the unprecedented and unwarranted immunities given to Big Tech for the censorship of ‘objectionable’ content but retains immunities when acting in good faith to remove unlawful material or when providing users the option to filter: i.e, Google SafeSearch, Twitter Quality Filter or YouTube Restricted Mode.
Big Tech has been given blanket immunity by section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. They claim ‘platform’s discretion for removing content but claim ‘publishers’ aren’t liable when they monetize their users’ content. Despite their claims, Big Tech does not always foreclose on violent or obscene behavior; in fact, they often monetize it- but they do police political speech. Therefore, Big Tech’s immunity should strictly be for good faith efforts to remove actual unlawful content.
Stop the Censorship Act facilitates the option for a self-imposed safe space or unfettered free speech- whichever the user chooses. Currently, the only content moderation options are versions of whatever material Big Tech wants you to see. This legislation would stop Big Tech censorship of competition and lawful political content.