The populist wing of the Republican party introduced another bill to remove the biggest liability shield from the technical industry last week.
The Stop the censorship lawsponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), speaks language in Article 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which allows platforms to moderate content that they consider "offensive". Gosar argues that this language makes it easy for platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to remove content based on conservative ideology, a republican censorship theory that has not been proven beyond individual comments from Big Tech "whistleblowers" as we have seen from organizations like Project Veritas.
The law proposes that the wording in the section be replaced by a new language that gives users the ability to "facilitate the option of a self-imposed safe space or unrestricted freedom of expression, whatever the user chooses," Gosar said. In short, it would allow users to decide whether they would rather see "offensive" content or not by enabling features such as Google's SafeSearch or Twitter's quality filter.
If approved, Article 230 protections remain in force for & # 39; illegal material & # 39 ;.
The bill is sponsored by three members of the House Freedom Caucus, including Gosar, Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Ralph Norman (R-SC). Representative Steve King (R-IA), who has been intensively investigated in recent years for claiming white nationalist beliefs and making racist comments, has also joined the measure.
Gosar's legislation is part of a growing movement that focuses on tech companies that are allegedly censoring conservatives. Earlier this summer, first-year senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced a bill removing 230 protections from giant technology companies, unless they proved that they were unbiased by submitting audits to the Federal Trade Commission.
The Trump administration has also taken a strong stance against Big Tech content control, Inviting dozens of right-wing experts and media figures to the White House to discuss this alleged bias earlier this month.