A state legislator in Michigan is taking action against Orwellian censorship by Big Tech monopolists, filing a bill that would ban “viewpoint discrimination” on the monolithic corporate platforms.
State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township introduced House Bill 4801 (HB4801) in response to the Project Veritas’ hidden camera revelations showing that Google was actively engaging in electoral interference heading into the 2020 elections to prevent Donald Trump’s re-election.
“This isn’t a question of property rights. This is a question of fraud,” Reilly said in a press release about his legislation. “In this modern era, social media networks are the new public square. Banning – and worse, secretly banning while deceiving the user into believing their content is being shared equally – excludes individuals from public life.”
“Social media companies cannot eat their cake and have it too. They cannot enjoy the privileges of being a platform, such as immunity from liability for users’ content, while also enjoying the privileges of being a publisher to control what everyone may or may not say on their network,” he added.
Michigan HB4801 would alter the state’s Consumer Protection Act to ban “a provider of an interactive computer service” that claims it is “viewpoint neutral, impartial, or nonbiased” from being able to “block a user’s speech; censor a user’s speech; ban a user; remove a user’s speech; shadow ban a user; deplatform a user; deboost a user; demonetize a user; otherwise restrict the speech of a user” based on their political views.
If tech giants refuse to abide by the provisions of the legislation, individuals would be empowered to file civil suits for monetary damages in the Michigan court of law.
While the anti-conservative Silicon Valley corporations may believe they are unstoppable, legislators such as Reilly intend to put them in their place before their Big Brother machinations can ultimately come to fruition.
HB4801 will need to pass the House Communications and Technology Committee before it can be considered in the House for a full vote.
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