Lawmakers want to roll back the legal shield for Big Tech
Senator Hawley, one of the key people who sponsored the bill, said in a statement that “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. Section 230 has been stretched and rewritten by courts to give these companies outlandish power over speech without accountability. Congress should act to ensure bad actors are not given a free pass to censor and silence their opponents.”
Interestingly, the legislation will only apply to services that have more than 30 million monthly users in the US or 300 million monthly users worldwide, as well as more than $1.5 billion in global revenue, which is to say that it won’t apply to smaller companies. The thinking is that small companies don’t have the financial and legal muscle to defend themselves against meritless lawsuits while they’re trying to grow their user base.
It’s a blanket permit to sensor everything. Ups might be offence will be a new norm…. color of your headline is too red…. or to black or to white color… blocked.