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Sen. Josh Hawley Takes on Big Tech Censors With New Bill That Would Strip Them of Legal Immunity

Act like a publisher, get treated like a publisher.

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Silicon Valley giants who have abused their power to censor conservative opinions could be in for a rude awakening if Sen. Josh Hawley’s new bill is successful.

The legislation would strip the likes of Twitter and Facebook of legal immunity from what is posted on their websites, changing a key part of the Communications Decency Act.

Under Section 230 of the Act, social media companies are not liable for illegal content posted by individuals because they are treated as platforms, not publishers.

However, over the last few years a wave of censorship and algorithmic manipulation has confirmed that Facebook, Twitter and Google-owned YouTube are all behaving like platforms and should be treated as such under the law.

“With Section 230, tech companies get a sweetheart deal that no other industry enjoys: complete exemption from traditional publisher liability in exchange for providing a forum free of political censorship,” said Sen. Hawley, in a statement. “Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, big tech has failed to hold up its end of the bargain.”

“There’s a growing list of evidence that shows big tech companies making editorial decisions to censor viewpoints they disagree with,” Hawley added. “Even worse, the entire process is shrouded in secrecy because these companies refuse to make their protocols public. This legislation simply states that if the tech giants want to keep their government-granted immunity, they must bring transparency and accountability to their editorial processes and prove that they don’t discriminate.”

Critics have complained that the bill would stifle the growth of start-up companies, but it does not apply to small and medium sized firms, only Big Tech.

This is a fantastic opportunity for lawmakers to reverse what has become the biggest election meddling tool in the book – political censorship of conservatives by Silicon Valley.

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Reporter Silenced After Asking NBA Stars About China

Mic snatched after issue of free speech raised.

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A reporter had the mic snatched from her after she asked two NBA stars what they thought about freedom of expression following the controversy over a pro-Hong Kong tweet.

After Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of the Hong Kong protest movement, China pulled almost all sponsorship and NBA broadcasts, forcing the NBA into a groveling apology.

Since then, numerous other major American brands and corporations have caved to the Communist Chinese government and muzzled their own representatives.

During a press conference, CNN’s Christina Macfarlane asked, “The NBA has always been a league that prides itself on its players and coaches being able to speak out openly about political and social affairs. I just wonder after the events of this week, and the fallout we’ve seen, whether you would both feel differently about speaking out in that way in the future?”

An NBA Staffer quickly intercepted, commenting, “basketball questions only,” before a man was sent to grab the microphone from Macfarlane’s hand.

“It’s a legitimate question,” insisted Macfarlane, adding “This is an event that happened this week.”

“I understand that. It’s a question that’s already been answered,” replied the NBA rep.

Houston Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook refused to comment.

Harden had previously offered a sycophantic apology to China, remarking, “We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there.”

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Instagram to Remove Photos of ‘OK’ Hand Sign as Hate Speech

Users could be banned for posting them.

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Instagram will begin removing photos of people displaying the ‘OK’ hand sign and possibly banning users who do so under the company’s new hate speech rules.

“We remove photos of hate speech or symbols, like swastikas or white power hand signs,” states the company’s ‘report’ function.

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The moral panic over the ‘OK’ hand sign began as a 4chan troll to trick the media into believing it was secret code for white supremacy, and of course they immediately fell for it.

It originally came to prominence in a political context during the 2016 presidential campaign when Donald Trump kept inadvertently displaying it while making a point.

Since then, the symbol has been adopted by actual extremists but the vast majority of people who display it in photographs do so innocently.

That doesn’t matter to Facebook-owned Instagram, which as we reported last month, is also blurring out images of women at gun ranges, saying the photos violate “violence or dangerous organization guidelines.”

Back in May, Facebook slapped a Trump supporter with a 30 day ban for doing the ‘OK’ hand sign in a photo.

As we reported earlier this year, a school in Chicago spent over $50,000 dollars replacing a year book because some students displayed the ‘OK’ hand sign.

In a report about a Chicago Cubs fan who was banned for flashing up an ‘OK’ sign during a television broadcast, NBC News blurred out the image of the ‘offensive’ hand gesture.

Gay, liberal atheist British television presenter Stephen Fry was even accused of dog whistling for white supremacy because he did the OK hand sign to promote mental health awareness.

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Communist China Says Jump, Corporate America Says How High

Woke corporate America’s stunning hypocrisy.

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The same ‘woke’ corporations who virtue signal all day long about caring for minorities immediately cave and apologize when China – one of the biggest human rights abusers on the planet – intimidates them.

Communist China says jump, corporate America says how high.

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