GOP Crafts Bills To Strip Twitter’s Liability Protections After Trump Fact-Check

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“If @Twitter wants to editorialize...users’ posts, it should be divested of its special status under federal law.”

According to The Hill, Republicans are working on legislation to “strip Twitter of federal protections that ensure the company is not held liable for what is posted on its platform.”

  • Sen. Josh Hawley (R- MO) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R- FL) separately announced on Wednesday that they will begin work on the legislation following Twitter’s actions to add fact-check warnings to two tweets by President Trump in which he tweeted “without evidence that mail-in voting could increase voter fraud,” The Hill reported.
  • Both lawmakers argued that Twitter’s decision to flag the tweets “called its legal liability protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act into question,” which is a federal law that protects social media platforms from facing lawsuits over what their users post.
  • Hawley sent a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday “questioning why the platform should be given Section 230 protections...if it ‘wants to editorialize & comment on users’ posts,’” The Hill wrote.

  • Gaetz also took to Twitter to announce his action against the platform.

“I am currently working with my Republican colleagues on the [House] Judiciary Committee to draft legislation to say that if you are going to opine to the truth or falsity of that which is put on your platform for the sake of its viewers, you do not get the protections of Section 230. You are not a platform. You are doing something else. You are editorializing,” Gaetz said.

Section 230 is viewed by tech advocates and supporters as one of the most integral “legal shields protecting free speech online,” wrote The Hill.

Read the full report here.

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