After a seemingly endless series of abuses and blatant censorship of conservative voices on their platforms, Big Tech firms are now facing a massive effort being launched by House Republicans to curtail what some perceive as their tyrannical power, as Newsbusters.org reports.
GOP members of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee have produced a package comprised of 32 bills that would accomplish, among other things, the reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, boosting transparency, and safeguarding vulnerable children from the dangers of social media sites, including those related to human trafficking.
According to Republican Ranking Member Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), “Big Tech has broken our trust that they can be good and responsible stewards of their platforms,” and she added that “the goal for these drafts is to lead to concrete legislation and reforms.”
McMorris Rodgers continued, saying, “The Committee is asking for stakeholder and public engagement on these draft bills as part of their thoughtful process in their Big Tech accountability platform to drive meaningful change.”
Perhaps of most significant interest to many conservatives is the draft legislation written by McMorris Rodgers and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that would eliminate so-called “Section 230” protections from Big Tech corporations and mandate the reporting of their content moderation choices to the Federal Trade Commission.
The draft language amends Section 230 of the Communications Act to state that immunity would not apply to “certain companies” and would force online platform providers to “implement and maintain reasonable and user-friendly appeals processes for decisions about content on the platforms,” as Fox Business noted.
This would represent a dramatic change from the current language of the Act that reads, “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
As such, if the draft bill became law, firms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft would lost their blanket liability protection, something which has led to their massive growth and dominance, and would place them in a category falling under a new “Section 230A,” which would hold such companies accountable for content and information they “amplify, promote, or suggest,” as Fox Business added.
Expressing a sentiment with which millions of Americans would surely agree, in explaining the intent behind the proposed changes, McMorris Rodgers declared, “It’s time to expose Big Tech’s bias and make sure they treat constitutionally protected speech fairly.”