GOP Representative Louie Gohmert Introduced Legislation to Remove Immunity from Tech Giants

US Representative Louie Gohmert
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Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 gives the tech giants immunity from lawsuits against what individuals post on their websites as the companies are supposed to act as neutral platforms.  However, the tech giants have been censoring those who politically oppose them, and should be treated as publishers instead of neutral platforms. Republican US Representative Louie Gohmert is pushing legislation that will remove the liability protections and will allow lawsuits to be filed against them for their bias.

Rep. Louie Gohmert pushed legislation on Thursday that will remove liability protections from the liberal tech giants. The bill will force the tech giants to pay for their biased campaign against their political opponents.

Rep. Louie Gohmert: “It is time for social media companies to be liable for any biased and unethical impropriety of their employees as any other media company. If these companies want to continue to act like a biased medium and publish their own agendas to the detriment of others, they need to be held accountable.”

As The Gateway Pundit reported earlier…

It’s no secret that the Silicon Valley tech giants discriminate against conservatives and conservative content.

Facebook has been shutting down traffic to conservative websites since the 2016 election.

The Gateway Pundit spoke earlier with two of the top conservative publishers in America.

Floyd Brown is a conservative author, speaker and media commentator. In 2008 Floyd launched Western Journal which quickly became one of the top conservative websites in America. By 2016 Floyd’s organization of Western Journal and other conservative websites under his umbrella had more than a billion page views. Since 2016 Floyd’s organization lost 75% of its Facebook traffic.

Likewise, we spoke with Jared Vallorani from Klicked Media. Jared traveled to Washington DC with The Gateway Pundit and website owners at 100%FedUp in June to discuss Facebook targeting against conservative publishers with Republican lawmakers. Jared told The Gateway Pundit his organization Klicked Media, which hosts over 60 conservative websites, lost 400 million page views from Facebook in the last six months if you compare the traffic to a year ago.  Jared said, “We lost 70% to 80% of our traffic if you compare January to May 2017 vs Jan to May 2018.”

If you combine the total number of page-views lost by just these two conservative online publishers you are looking at a loss of over 1.5 billion page-views from Facebook in one year.

These are numbers from just two of the top conservative publishers in America.  This does not include the thousands of other conservative publishers across the country who lost all of their traffic coming from Facebook.  Here at The Gateway Pundit our Facebook traffic has been effectively eliminated after we were ranked as the 4th most influential conservative publisher in the 2016 election.

 

Facebook has also deleted prominent conservatives completely from their platform.  Alex Jones, Infowars, Laura Loomer, Gavin McInnes, triple-amputee veteran Brian Kolfage and Roger Stone have lost their pages in the last year.

The fact that Facebook is targeting conservative publishers should not be a surprise to Gateway Pundit readers.

We have been reporting on this for several months now. In July we released a study where we looked at several top conservative websites and discovered that the publishers had lost an average of 93% of their Facebook traffic.

On Thursday Congressman Gohmert pushed legislation that targets the liberal bias at the tech giants.

Via Congressman Gohmert’s webpage:

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement on his proposed bill, H.R.7363, that amends section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934:

“Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google are now among the largest and most powerful companies in the world. More and more people are turning to a social media platform for news than ever before, arguably making these companies more powerful than traditional media outlets. Yet, social media companies enjoy special legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934, protections not shared by other media. Instead of acting like the neutral platforms they claim to be in order obtain their immunity, these companies have turned Section 230 into a license to potentially defraud and defame with impunity.”

“Representatives of social media companies have testified in Congressional hearings that they do not discriminate against or filter out conservative voices on their platforms. But for all their reassurances, the disturbing trend continues unabated. Employees from some of these companies have communicated their disgust for conservatives and discussed ways to use social media platforms and algorithms to silence and prevent income to conservatives.”

“In one hearing, one of the internet social media executives indicated a desire to be treated like Fox News. Fox News does not have their immunity and this bill will fulfill that unwitting request. Since there still appears to be no sincere effort to stop this disconcerting behavior, it is time for social media companies to be liable for any biased and unethical impropriety of their employees as any other media company. If these companies want to continue to act like a biased medium and publish their own agendas to the detriment of others, they need to be held accountable.”

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This is a terrible idea. If they’re held liable for the content of 3rd party posts it will only exacerbate the problem by justifying total pre-emptive censorship. They should be treated as a utility like electricity. If they’re not acting as a neutral platform there should be tax penalties for acting as a foreign agent (foreign meaning corporate, corporations after all are a form of legally-constructed immortal artificial intelligence).

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BookFace needs to go the way of Enron. It represents about the same thing – NOTHING. Did I mention spying ?

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The ONLY immunity that anyone can LAWFULLY and LEGALLY have in the USA is those who actually serve within the House and the Senate, and that is ONLY when they are debating on the floor. There is NO IMMUNITY for those who serve within our government at any level, not lawfully. Once again it is corruption at its “best” in trying to protect those who serve within our governments – state and fed – from their own actions. Those that “allow” immunity to them are also needing to be charged with the felonies those actions are.

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The problem is Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. enjoy a neutral legal status that exempts them from lawsuit, but this legal status disappears the moment they start editing or restricting users.
The law needs to be enforced.