Over the weekend during a CPAC panel, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) slammed Big Tech dominance. A long proponent of reforming Section 230, Lankford stated reform was essential to protecting free speech.
Lankford doubled down on this stance and argued Section 230 must be reformed since Big Tech platforms like Facebook and Twitter allegedly used it to censor conservatives.
“Big Tech companies are not the ones who get to decide what free speech is,” Lankford told the crowd. “We need to rip & repeal legislation that allows Big Tech to subjectively censor groups they just don’t agree with that day.”
He added that Section 230 was originally created to prevent child trafficking online, but Big Tech has used it as a “shield” for censorship.
“Legislation like Section 230 was originally made to protect from child trafficking over the internet through websites like http://backpage.com, but Big Tech companies are using it as a shield to censor Americans,” he added.
He called on lawmakers to implement changes that would level the playing field and prevent the companies from blocking and shadowbanning conservatives online.
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