Two UK government ministers are planning to fine universities that suppress free speech and tell heritage groups and charities to defend British culture and history from leftist mobs.
The Sunday Telegraph reported that Gavin Williamson, the UK’s secretary of education, and Oliver Dowden, the secretary of culture, are leading a “twin assault” on cancel culture, academic suppression, and the rewriting of British history.
Williamson is expected to soon announce a “free speech champion” who will be given powers to defend academic freedom and freedom of speech on college campuses, and to fine universities who fire or demote people because of their beliefs. According to the Telegraph, these new measures will strengthen already existing legal protections.
Dowden, for his part, will instruct some of the UK’s largest heritage groups and charities in an upcoming conference to defend British culture and history “from the noisy minority of activists constantly trying to do Britain down.”
Sir John Hayes, chairman of the Common Sense Group, said he was glad to see the initiative of Williamson and Dowden.
“It is absolutely right that the Government steps in to defend free speech. Without the ability to speak freely soon we will not have the ability to think freely,” he said. “Protecting and promoting our heritage is about making people proud, not making them feel guilty about being British.”
Although the headlines you see out of the UK are often dystopian, especially those posted here at Big League Politics, it’s somewhat reassuring to see that there are still some good men willing to fight against the degradation and ultimate destruction of historic British society.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Pledges to Outlaw Big Tech Censorship
Texas has had enough.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is pledging to outlaw Big Tech’s left-wing censorship, announcing his support of a bill in the Texas State Senate that would open social media monopolies to lawsuits from users at a state level.
State Senator Bryan Hughes Senate Bill 12 would provide legal recourse for users of Big Tech platforms who are banned from the services to return, designating Big Tech monopolies such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook as common carriers.
“They are common carriers and they cannot discriminate against people … it’s a violation of the first amendment,” Hughes said. “This is going to protect Texas’ free speech and get them back online.”
I am joining @SenBryanHughes to announce a bill prohibiting social media companies from censoring viewpoints.
It's un-American, Un-Texan, & soon to be illegal.https://t.co/zSdirRa1pj
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 5, 2021
“These are the areas that used to be the courthouse square where people would come and talk,” said Abbott of the legislation. “Now, people are going to Facebook and Twitter to talk about their political ideas, and what Facebook and Twitter are doing — they are controlling the flow of information, and sometimes denying the flow of information.”
“Texas is taking a stand against big tech political censorship. We are not going to allow it in the Lone Star state.”
The law establishing legal recourse against online censorship may prove legally durable enough to avoid breaching Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. That law provides immunity for user-created content on internet platforms, and doesn’t give social media platforms a right to discriminate against active or potential users on the basis of political ideology.
The future for fighting Big Tech censorship lies at a state level. While some state Republican officials have proven reluctant to separate themselves from the lucrative business lobbies of Big Tech oligarchs, Hughes’ approach seems legally innovative enough to give free speech defenders a fighting shot at free expression online.
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