Senator Josh Hawley’s bill, “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, would remove the protection that big tech receives under Section 230 unless the firms submit to an external audit that proves their algorithms and content moderation are politically neutral,” according to a FOX News report.
This is exactly what is called for. Nearly two years of politically motivated censorship, while the President’s detractors and nearly every manner of globalist gaslighting has been tolerated on the major social media platforms, if not intentionally signal-boosted.
Censorship weakens a society, and it has weakened our society. Time for it to end.
Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Twitter shouldn’t enjoy the legal immunity of being communications “platforms” under Section 230, when they’ve become publishers - in effect - routinely deciding which content they are going to highlight, and which content they are going to wipe away, or de-boost/shadowban into oblivion.
We deserve a better Internet, and kudos to GOP Senator Hawley for advancing that cause.
In other news, I don’t think censorship will be structurally possible in the US and Europe within 12 to 18 months. Internet security firm Cloudflare is working on Ethereum gateways to grow the “decentralized Internet,” and Livepeer (also an Ethereum-based project) aims to disrupt the economics of online video hosting and streaming. Livepeer recently raised $8 million in its Series A venture capital round, suggesting the project has some serious support in the tech world.
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