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Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Constitutional Remedy for Big Tech Censorship and Cancellation

Robert Goodfriend's remedy for draconian online censorship by Silicon Valley tyrants ought to be passed by Congress without delay to ensure the survival of freedom and the advancement of knowledge, in accordance with our liberties as guaranteed in the Bill of Rights

"I agree with Rick White that 'Laws Governing Online Speech Need Reform, Not Repeal' (Wall Street Journal op-ed, Dec. 23). 

"Outright repeal of Section 230, which grants immunity from liability to internet platforms for content posted on their sites by third parties, would prompt even more censorship. The social-media companies would try to protect themselves from litigation over all kinds of potentially offensive or illegal content that users post. 

"Since the First Amendment is a well-litigated line between permissible and impermissible speech consistent with the values of a free society, it offers the best solution for regulating the social-media companies. 

"The government should condition the grant of immunity under Section 230 on a pledge from the platforms not to censor third-party content unless it falls outside the protections of the First Amendment, such as libel, threats to overthrow the government, direct threats of physical violence and certain types of indecent material. 

"Censoring 'hate speech' or content suspected of originating with hackers couldn’t meet this standard because such speech is within the protection of the First Amendment. 

"Any internet provider that refused to adopt this policy would lose the protections of Section 230 entirely."

Robert Goodfriend




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