Waltz Cosponsors Bill Limiting Big Tech Censorship
Washington, October 16, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Friday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) cosponsored a bill to push back against Big Tech censorship in the wake of widespread censorship on Facebook and Twitter earlier this week.
The Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act allows Americans to file lawsuits against Big Tech companies that breach “good faith” user agreements by censoring political speech and suppressing content.
The bill also prohibits Big Tech companies from receiving Section 230 immunity unless they update their terms of service to operate under a clear good faith standard. If companies violate those terms, they would be subject to $5,000 fines, damages and attorney fees.
“As we’ve seen this week, Big Tech’s unlimited power and lopsided content policies are biased and unfairly stifling conservative voices,” Waltz said. “It’s time for Congress to take a look at Section 230 and clarify the statute to ensure these companies are acting in good faith – and if they’re not, they should be held accountable.”
The bill was introduced today by Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.). The Senate companion bill is led by U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), along with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.).