During Trump’s time in office, he frequently called on Congress to confront Big Tech censorship. He urged them to repeal their Section 230 immunity. But it fell on deaf ears, even among conservatives.
Now, after numerous high-profile examples of censorship, it looks like Republicans are finally getting the memo.
Recently, Florida’s governor took steps to rein in Big Tech abuse in his state. Now, Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott is initiating his own plan.
From Fox Business:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his office is working with State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, on legislation that would “prevent social media providers like Facebook & Twitter from canceling conservative speech.”
… “So the bill we’re getting ready to file will say that if a company discriminates against you, deplatforms you, blocks you, kicks you off based on your viewpoint, based on your politics, your religion, based on viewpoint discrimination, it will give you a way to get back online.”
Governor Abbott of Texas is working with lawmakers to produce a bill that will hold social media sites accountable if they kick you off.
The specific bill confronts ongoing concerns that Big Tech sites are censoring people because of their political views, religious views, and other viewpoints.
This bill will empower Texans to bring action against social networks through discrimination lawsuits.
A bill like this could have a tremendous impact on Big Tech. If passed, we might quickly see law firms forming class action lawsuits against thousands of users who have been banned or censored in recent years.
These lawsuits can demand millions from these websites. And there will be ample evidence to prove their claims.
During Trump’s presidency, numerous conservatives claimed to have been shadowbanned, blocked, or kicked off social media sites. After the 2020 election, even Donald Trump was de-platformed from numerous networks.
It’s hard to argue against the claim that Big Tech is trying to censor users, when so many people have been banned.
Making the issue worse is the fact these sites provide shockingly little insight on why they block or ban users. Many have pointed out their guidelines are so vague, that they can decide on a whim who to block and when.
This legislation might be a breaking point that fundamentally alters how social networks handle users. If they want to avoid massive lawsuits, they will revert back to when they weren’t censoring content.
- Governor Abbott of Texas is supporting a law to target Big Tech.
- If passed, the bill will let Texans sue social networks for censorship and “discrimination.”
- Numerous lawmakers have talked about confronting Big Tech in recent weeks.
Source: Fox Business