Gosar Blasts Barr, Twitter And Facebook For Reaction To NY Post Hunter Biden Revelations

On Wednesday, two Arizona politicians reacted swiftly to the news that social media platforms, Twitter and Facebook were actively limiting the exposure of a New York Post article critical of Hunter Biden.

In July, Gosar introduced H.R. 7808 Stop the Censorship Act of 2020.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (Section 230) affords Big Tech immunity from liability for third-party content. Section 230’s “Good Samaritan” provision provides immunity for the removal of users and content, and according to Gosar, “has been abused by Big Tech to censor competition and lawful speech.”

Gosar’s legislation would revoke immunity for the removal of competition and lawful speech, empowers users to protect themselves from objectionable material.

Gosar has argued that Section 230 “greatly contributed to the size and power of Big Tech.” According to Gosar, his legislation extends protections to online platforms for “any action taken to provide users with the option to restrict access to any other material,” empowering users to choose content filter options.

“Online platforms should not have special immunity to censor competition and lawful political speech,” said Gosar at the time he introduced the bill. “The broad and undue immunity for content and user removal granted by Section 230 must be reined in by Congress. We cannot continue to subsidize, deputize, or blackmail Silicon Valley to decide what is or isn’t an allowable conversation. Stop the Censorship Act of 2020 empowers users and limits Big Tech to the same rights and liabilities as everyone else.”

Gosar first introduced the Stop the Censorship Act on July 25, 2019. His Stop the Censorship Act of 2020 aligns with recent recommendations for Section 230 reform from the Justice Department.

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