Bipartisan Big Tech bill would open the door to more censorship

Aug 1, 2023 | Political News

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) want to create a new federal agency to regulate major tech companies such as Google, Amazon, and social media platforms. Among other things, their Digital Consumer Protection Commission Act is designed to assist the federal government’s crackdown on what it deems harmful speech.

While announcing their bill, the senators listed a variety of ways it will “rein in Big Tech.” They assure us of their good intentions to protect children on social media, ensure antitrust compliance, and more.

They also mention the threat of “disinformation.” Sure enough, nothing in the 158-page bill requires content moderation policies to be friendly to free speech. In fact, it requires the agency to crack down on whatever is vaguely considered “bullying” and “harassment.” This might as well be a “hate speech” policy.