Rep. Ted Budd Introduces Bill to Limit Big Tech Censorship

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Washington, October 15, 2020 | comments

Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) announced that he will introduce the House version of the Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act.

The bill allows Americans to file lawsuits against Big Tech companies who breach good faith user agreements, censor political speech, and suppress content. The bill also prohibits Big Tech companies from receiving Section 230 protections unless they change their terms of service to promise to operate in good faith and be subject to a $5,000 fine, actual damages, and attorney’s fees if they violate the agreement.

The companion bill in the Senate is led by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), along with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Braun (R-IN),  Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA).

Rep. Budd said in a statement:

“Recent acts of political censorship by Twitter and Facebook are a disgrace. Big Tech bias has gone too far in suffocating the voices of conservatives across our country. If these companies want to continue to receive legal protection, they should be forced to play by a fair set of rules in good faith. I’m extremely proud to join Sen. Hawley in this fight.”

Sen. Hawley said:

"For too long, Big Tech companies like Twitter, Google, and Facebook have used their power to silence political speech from conservatives without any recourse for users. Section 230 has been stretched and rewritten by courts to give these companies outlandish power over speech without accountability. Congress should act to ensure bad actors are not given a free pass to censor and silence their opponents."

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