Top House Republicans dropped new legislation Wednesday to overhaul a controversial law that gives social media platforms legal immunity for content, attempting to reduce what they say is rampant censorship of conservatives.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jim Jordan of Ohio introduced a draft discussion bill to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a provision that protects social media companies such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter from being sued for content posted by their users.
The draft legislation, supported by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, aims to stop social media giants with hundreds of millions of users from having Section 230 protections, hold the major platforms accountable for content moderation decisions, empower users to challenge unfair instances of censorship online, and force the tech companies to be transparent about what they censor and why.
“Big Tech is out to get conservatives. This draft legislation builds upon previous work by our conference to undo the legal immunity that Big Tech hides behind to evade accountability,” Jordan said in a statement Wednesday.