(Think Progress) -- Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), a Christian nationalist and the youngest member of the United States Senate, proposed legislation on Wednesday that would effectively appoint a panel of government central planners to monitor content on sites like Facebook and Google.
The bill, which violates the First Amendment, purports to be an effort to foster “political neutrality” on major Internet platforms. Its practical effect, however, would be to prevent these sites from disfavoring any political viewpoint whatsoever — including potentially viewpoints that are explicitly genocidal. Hawley named his bill the “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act.’’
The bill functions by weakening safe harbor provisions of federal communications law that prevent websites from being held liable for content posted by third parties. Current federal law provides that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”
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