Hold on to your hard hat, Zuckerberg! It’s about to be a wild ride!
Republican state lawmakers in North Dakota have introduces legislation that would allow citizens who have been censored on social media platforms to sue Facebook and Twitter.
However, some argue that the bill would have no effect thanks to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which is the law that allows Big Tech Masters of the Universe to relish in legal immunity when it comes to cases related to censorship.
Ars Technica reports that a new bill submitted by six legislators last weektitled “an Act to permit civil actions against social media sites for censoring speech,” states that websites with over 1 million users would be “liable in a civil action for damages to the person whose speech is restricted, censored, or suppressed, and to any person who reasonably otherwise would have received the writing, speech, or publication.”
Compensation for censored users would include “treble damages for compensatory, consequential, and incidental damages.” Experts believe the bill would likely have no effect even if it was passed due to a conflict with federal law. Attorney Akiva Cohen wrote in a Twitter thread that the proposed law “would immediately be deemed void as preempted by Section 230 [of the Communications Decency Act],” because “federal law is supreme over state law where they conflict, and this would create an express conflict.”
Section 230 is a law enacted in 1996 that states that providers and users of computer services shall not be held liable for “any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.”
So where will this go? Who knows. Personally, I am hoping that someone like President Donald Trump decides to make his own social media platform. Heck, I would even pay to use it! At least then we would have a platform to speak without being attacked as white supremacists for simply loving America.
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