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On Monday, March 22, 2021, The Heartland Institute and the Media Research Center held a Zoom webinar at 1:00 p.m. CST, on how to defeat Big Tech censorship, titled, Toe to Toe with Big Tech Titans: How states can protect freedom of speech. View the Zoom video here.
Part 1 featured Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center, as posted at Illinois Review on Monday, April 4, 2020. Part 1: Brent Bozell Discusses the Greatest Threat to Freedom.
For Mr. Taylor, the most important thing for state legislators and the general public to understand — because we have been told this myth over and over again — is that Section 230 precludes states from passing legislation that would protect people’s free speech rights on the Internet.
Said Taylor: “Yes, federal law preempts state where the two conflict, but Section 230 does not give tech giants (the tech cartels) the right to censor political free speech. This is something the tech giants (the tech cartels) have given a lot of money to a lot of people and a lot or organizations on both sides of the political aisle to lay claim to.”
Looking at the statute
Explained Taylor: “Section 230 is part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. The Act suggests that Congress was concerned at the time about the ability of people to post excessively violent or sexually obscene material on the Internet.”
“Whereas Congress wasn’t going to prohibit that, we [Congress] understand that the hosts of Internet social media sites may wish to prevent sexually obscene or excessively violent material on their websites.”
“We don’t want them fearing lawsuits by doing so, so we are going to place this Act that says that If such a platform decides to block the above, they can do so and don’t have to fear tort claims.”
Section b3 of Communications Decency Act of 1996 explained
- Section 230 authorizes state action
- The free market that isn’t
- Narrow interpretation of 230 will preserve Free Speech
- What hearing in states: These bills will allow for child predators and terrorist’s content. This was refuted