Ted Cruz targets social media censorship in debate with opponent O’Rourke

Ted Cruz targets social media censorship in debate with opponent O’Rourke
Ted Cruz and Mark Zuckerberg in Senate hearing, 10 Apr 2018. (Image: Screen grab of Fox 10 Phoenix video, YouTube)

[Ed. – Cruz’s point: if social media are going to have an “editorial” perspective on users’ content, then they have to be treated as publishers, not mere utilities.  That may or may not be the best way to correct the course social media are going, but it’s a welcome sign that at least one high-profile lawmaker sees the need to play hardball with Big Social.  Joe Newby, our colleague and contributor, has been fighting unfair/unequal treatment by Facebook for some time.  All conservative sites, including LU, are affected by it to some extent.]

In a debate with Democrat Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., went after big social media censorship, suggesting that it’s time to strip companies like Facebook and Twitter of their protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.

“Right now, big tech enjoys an immunity from liability on the assumption they would be neutral and fair,” Cruz said during Tuesday’s debate. “If they’re not going to be neutral and fair, if they’re going to be biased, we should repeal the immunity from liability so they should be liable like the rest of us.”


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