GOP State Legislators Want to Limit Censoring Powers of Social Media Groups

Republican legislators in at least 18 states have considered bills that would impose penalties on social media companies that impose censorship or content limits based on ideological viewpoints. Many of the proposals allow users who believe their views have been censored or silenced to bring lawsuits in state courts.

GOP State Legislators Want to Limit Censoring Powers of Social Media Groups

Republican legislators in at least 18 states have considered bills that would impose penalties for major social media companies imposing censorship or content limits based on ideological viewpoints, reports The Hill.  Many of the proposals would allow users who believe their views have been censored or silenced to bring lawsuits in state courts,  Bills targeting social media companies have advanced in the last year in Oklahoma, Iowa, West Virginia, Idaho, Utah and Louisiana.

Tech industry experts and advocates see the bills as a long-term threat to their business models. One industry insider said forcing social media outlets to justify their decisions to moderate specific instances of content would open those companies to legal harassment.