Thursday, June 20, 2019

Josh Hawley Bill Would ‘Stop Big Tech’s Assault on Free Speech’

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Josh Hawley Bill Would ‘Stop Big Tech’s Assault on Free Speech’

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said Wednesday that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act grants massive benefits to Google, Facebook, and Twitter, allowing them to censor without significant legal recourse.

Sen. Hawley unveiled the Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act on Wednesday, which would remove big tech’s immunity received under Section 230 unless they submit to an external audit that would prove that their algorithms and content-removal policies remain politically neutral. The bill only applies to large technology companies, not small and medium-sized startups.

A spokesperson for Sen. Hawley told Breitbart in a statement Wednesday that the senator’s legislation would stop “Big Tech’s assault on free speech.” The Hawley spokesperson said:

Senator Hawley’s bill is about stopping Big Tech’s assault on free speech. Google, Facebook and Twitter currently get a massive benefit from government that no other entity gets—immunity from liability. Senator Hawley’s bill says that if they want to keep that special benefit, they have to adhere to the First Amendment standard of no viewpoint discrimination. They are free to do whatever they wish, of course. If these companies prefer to advocate a particular viewpoint or penalize other views, they certainly can. But they shouldn’t get 230 immunity while doing it.

Sen. Hawley’s legislation has garnered significant attention. Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump’s son, shared the article.


Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.