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    Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced on Friday that he plans to sign a bill into law that would prohibit social media companies from censoring Texans’ viewpoints online, adding that censorship is “not going to be tolerated in Texas.” “We see that the First Amendment is under assault by these social media companies, and that is not going to be tolerated in Texas,” said Governor Abbott at a press conference on Friday alongside State Senator Bryan Hughes (R). “There is a dangerous movement spreading across the country trying to try to silence conservative ideas, religious beliefs,” the governor added. “We saw that first arise on college campuses.” In 2019, Governor Abbott signed into law the “Campus Free Speech” law, ensuring that students’ First Amendment rights would be protected on college campuses. “But now,” Abbott continued, “these social media tech companies are using their tools to silence conservative speech on their platforms.” The...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – In a politically charged issue that has become a rallying cry for Gov. Ron DeSantis and many other Republicans, a House committee Tuesday will take up a proposal that targets large social-media companies that block users from their platforms. The bill (PCB COM 21-01), which will go before the House Commerce Committee, stems in part from decisions by Twitter and Facebook to block former President Donald Trump from their platforms in January after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to try to prevent certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Some May See Even More Money From Potential Economic Relief Package DeSantis and Republican legislative leaders last month announced they would set new requirements for social-media companies, including clearing the way for lawsuits and financial penalties against platforms that violate the requirements. Speaking before an audience of conservative activists Friday at the...
    Reuters February 24, 2021 0 Comments A bipartisan group of U.S. senators will revive legislation as soon as Wednesday to counter Chinese censorship in the United States, a new effort by Congress to hold Beijing accountable for its growing efforts to stifle criticism beyond its borders, Senator Jeff Merkley told Reuters. U.S. officials have complained that the Chinese government has increasingly sought to suppress opposition to its ruling Communist Party by coercing U.S. companies – from hotel chains and airlines to Hollywood film producers – to take pro-Beijing stances. “We must monitor and address the impacts of China’s censorship and intimidation of Americans and our companies, so we can create a strategy to safeguard this bedrock freedom and hold those accountable who suppress and destroy it,” Merkley, a Democrat leading the effort who will soon be chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, said in emailed comments. The bill...
    By Michael Martina WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators will revive legislation as soon as Wednesday to counter Chinese censorship in the United States, a new effort by Congress to hold Beijing accountable for its growing efforts to stifle criticism beyond its borders, Senator Jeff Merkley told Reuters. U.S. officials have complained that the Chinese government has increasingly sought to suppress opposition to its ruling Communist Party by coercing U.S. companies – from hotel chains and airlines to Hollywood film producers – to take pro-Beijing stances. "We must monitor and address the impacts of China's censorship and intimidation of Americans and our companies, so we can create a strategy to safeguard this bedrock freedom and hold those accountable who suppress and destroy it," Merkley, a Democrat leading the effort who will soon be chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, said in emailed comments. The bill is...
    Senate Democrats are split on new legislation that could force tech companies to censor online ads in the hopes of curbing misinformation and fraudulent claims. The bill is part of an effort to reform legal protections for online platforms such as Facebook and Google, which carry a majority of the ads online. The bill, the SAFE TECH Act, led by Sens. Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar, and Mazie Hirono, is one of the first steps at the federal level under the Biden administration toward reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a provision that protects social media companies from liability for content posted by their users. “Unfortunately, as written, it would devastate every part of the open internet and cause massive collateral damage to online speech,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “This bill would have the same effect as a full...
    Texas has a huge mountain to climb to curtail Big Tech's power of squelching free speech, biotech entrepreneur and author Vivek Ramaswamy argued on Tuesday. "Texas’s heart is in the right place, but there's one particular issue, which is that the way that Section 230 is structured, that's a federal law, is that it says explicitly that you're preempting or overriding any liability that these companies might face in state courts, so, their heart's in the right place. But in order to really deliver the right solution here, this has to be done at the federal level," Vivek Ramaswamy told "Fox & Friends." Ramaswamy, author of a forthcoming book called "Woke Inc.", asserted that the Civil Rights Act needs to be amended to prohibit political discrimination. "Just like there's no religious discrimination or discrimination on the basis of national origin," Ramaswamy said.  TEXAS GOVERNOR ABBOTT WORKING ON LEGISLATION TO PREVENT SOCIAL MEDIA...
    After being shocked by Big Tech censoring President Trump and other conservatives in recent months, Republican state lawmakers introduced a bill that would put social media giants like Twitter and Facebook in legal trouble for restricting political posts in North Dakota. "I drafted it in December and things have only gotten worse," state Rep. Tom Kading, R-N.D., the lead sponsor of his state's bill, told "Fox & Friends" on Saturday. VAN DUYNE URGES GOP HOUSE MEMBERS TO 'REFUSE ANY AND ALL' BIG TECH MONEY OVER 'CENSORSHIP' "I'm frankly shocked at what's happening to our country and censoring does not create unity, it does not help the situation of division in our country, and it does not de-escalate the situation," Kading said. "All it really does is make those who have been silenced dig in deeper and be more suspicious of what's going on." Follow below for updates on big tech censorship. Mobile users click here. 
    Polish lawmakers have reportedly introduced a bill that aims to codify social media users’ freedom of speech by giving them the opportunity to lodge complaints against big-tech companies that censor them. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro introduced the legislation Dec. 17 that protects users from having their posts arbitrarily removed from online sites, according to Poland In. As long as the posted content does not violate any Polish law, then social media companies are prohibited from removing the content or blocking accounts that post the content. If a company does remove said content or user access, then a user can file a complaint and the platform will have 24 hours to consider it, according to the report. If a user does not receive access after 48 hours, the user can file a petition to the court, which has seven days to review the complaint, to regain access, Poland In reported. (RELATED:...
    Al Drago, Getty On Thursday, amid a flurry of tweets and retweets, President Donald Trump stated his intent to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), saying that doing so will “make China very unhappy.” Trump has repeatedly railed against the bill, insisting in particular that his desired reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act be made part of it, on the grounds that it creates “a serious threat to our National Security.” Not to mention the renaming of military installations named for Confederate military leaders. On Thursday he reiterated his objections, and changed his threats to a vow to veto the veto-proof bill, in a tweet that included a retweet of a Daily Caller article about Sen. Lindsey Graham. I will Veto the Defense Bill, which will make China very unhappy. They love it. Must have Section 230 termination, protect our National Monuments and allow for removal...
              U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is co-sponsoring a reform bill tackling Big Tech’s censorship and “fact-checking” policies. The bill, “Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act,” is a reform of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act (CDA). Section 230 hasn’t been updated in nearly 25 years. The goal of the reform is to “clarify the original intent of the law and examine Big Tech’s content moderation practices.” The original language of the bill provides protection for something called “Good Samaritan” material censorship. “(2) CIVIL LIABILITY: No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of – (A) any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is...
    Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) introduced legislation Wednesday to limit the scope of big tech’s Section 230 legal immunity to stop “un-American” censorship of free speech on the Internet, Breitbart News can exclusively reveal. “Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy, with our Founding Fathers enshrining this sacred right in the First Amendment to the Constitution,” Loeffler outlined in a statement. Loeffler introduced the Stop Suppressing Speech Act of 2020, which would replace ambiguous terminology in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act with more concrete terms to preserve free speech on the Internet. The legislation would use the terminology recommended by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The legislation would remove Section 230’s “or other objectionable” material standard, which tech experts contend grants big tech companies too much leeway to censor free speech without significant legal recourse. Loeffler legislation would replace “or other objectionable” material with “unlawful, or that promotes...
    North Carolina Republican Rep. Ted Budd introduced a bill Friday morning limiting the Section 230 immunity of Big Tech, after conservatives blasted social media giants for censoring a New York Post article about the Biden family’s alleged ties to Ukrainian energy firm Burisma.  The bill, which mirrors Missouri Republican Josh Hawley’s in the Senate, would allow Americans to file lawsuits against Big Tech companies who breach good faith user agreements by censoring political speech or suppressing content. The bill also withholds Section 230 protections from Big Tech companies unless they change their terms of service to promise to operate in good faith. They would agree to be subject to a $5,000 fine, actual damages and attorney’s fees if they violate the agreement.  “Recent acts of political censorship by Twitter and Facebook are a disgrace,” Budd said in a statement announcing the bill. “Big Tech bias has gone too far in suffocating...
    President Donald Trump met with Attorney General Bill Barr, Sen. Josh Hawley, and other State Attorneys General on Wednesday to discuss social media censorship. “At the urging of the radical left, these platforms have become intolerant of diverse political views and abusive toward their own users,” Trump said at the event. The president noted that big tech and social media firms were threatening an “open internet and free society.” “Every year, countless Americans are banned, blacklisted, and silenced through arbitrary or malicious enforcement of ever-shifting rules,” Trump said. The president also voiced concerns about how social media companies gather data from consumers and attempts to manipulate the spread of information on their platform. The meeting was an update to the president’s executive order in May to address the topic of social media censorship. Barr noted that tech platforms were now a critical part of society, as Americans trust them to...
    By Ali Kucukgocmen ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A proposed law that Turkey says will make social media companies more accountable to local regulations will rather increase censorship and accelerate a trend of authorities silencing dissent, critics including a U.N. body said this week. The Turkish parliament was to begin debate on Tuesday on the bill that is backed by President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party, which has a majority with an allied nationalist party. It is expected to pass this week. As an overwhelming majority of the country's mainstream media has come under government control over the last decade, Turks have taken to social media and smaller online news outlets for critical voices and independent news. Turks are already heavily policed on social media and many have been charged with insulting Erdogan or his ministers, or criticism related to foreign military incursions and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The law...
    Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., introduced legislation Wednesday to give Americans the ability to sue major tech companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter if they engage in selective censorship of political speech. The Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act, cosponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., would stop such companies from receiving immunity under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, unless they update their terms of service to promise to operate in good faith. NBC NEWS UNDER FIRE FOR APPARENTLY PUSHING GOOGLE TO REMOVE CONSERVATIVE SITES FROM AD PLATFORM  “For too long, Big Tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook have used their power to silence political speech from conservatives without any recourse for users,” Hawley said in a statement. “Section 230 has been stretched and rewritten by courts to give these companies outlandish power over speech without accountability. Congress should act to ensure...
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