On Friday Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), along with several of his Republican colleagues in Congress, introduced an amendment to standing Section 230 legislation, which is the bill that gives Big Tech providers immunity from lawsuits arising over content posted to their platforms.
The amendment has been dubbed the "Protect Speech Act", and has been obtained by the Daily Caller in its current form as it has been presented before Congress. may be found in its entirety here on Scribd, and reads, in part:
"This bill modifies the immunity from liability of a provider or user of an interactive computer service (e.g., a social media company) for screening and blocking offensive content on its platform."
"Specifically, the bill provides that this immunity shall not apply to any action taken to restrict access to or availability of material provided by another information content provider unless the action is taken in good faith based on an objectively reasonable belief that the material is (1) obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, promoting terrorism or violent extremism, harassing, promoting self-harm, or unlawful; or (2) violates the applicable terms of service or use."
The Protect Speech Act in its original form was originally introduced in Oct. 2020, and has now been re-introduced.
Jordan himself stated the following regarding his sponsorship of the bill:
"Big Tech’s out to get conservatives. The Protect Speech Act will crush tech’s ability to hide behind Section 230 and censor conservative speech. Judiciary Committee Republicans are proud to reintroduce this legislation today and stand up for the First Amendment on the internet."
It has been felt by many that this bill would be a possible solution to Big Tech companies hiding behind Section 230 in order to engage in selective enforcement of their Terms of Service.
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