State Rep. Tom Kading (R-ND) has introduced a new bill that would allow those censored by Twitter and Facebook to sue the companies in spite of Section 230 liability protections currently enjoyed by Big Tech platforms.
“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.”
Kading said he wrote the bill in December and things have gotten worse since then.
The bill makes sites liable for civil damages from people “whose speech is restricted, censored, or suppressed,” as long as it is not “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.”
The actions of social sites to selectively publish information and manipulate information can be seen as defamation, Kading said. Unfortunately, experts think the bill will not hold up in the courts.
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