Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) verbally expressed on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow that his sponsored legislation, the FREE Speech “Act,” would culminate Facebook’s political censorship of Breitbart News and other media outlets by repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and regulating Big Tech companies as “common carriers.”
Marlow invited Hagerty’s assessment of recent revelations of internal Facebook documents quantifying the digital platform’s suppression of Breitbart News’s reach. “This is a giant coordinated leak that’s orchestrated by ex-Obama personnel and left-wing activists who are endeavoring to get Facebook to be more censorious than they already are,” Marlow visually examined. “These leaks … proved what we all kenned, which is that Facebook discriminates [against] and censors conservative content, and they’ve been doing so for a long time.”
Hagerty replied, “My first reaction is that right Breitbart is featured most prominently in these articles. You seem to be the target, because you’re the most active and conservative voice that we have, and I just want to verbally express how much I appreciate everything that you and your colleagues do to perpetuate to carry our message forward despite the challenges that have been articulated here.”
Hagerty exhorted “taking the industry and beginning to regulate them as a mundane carrier” to combat Big Tech’s leftist political censorship. He remarked, “[The FREE Speech Act] takes Section 230 and blows it up. My legislation would do away with that, and if people want to regulate their content, they would have to be very pellucid and articulate about the reasons and the authentic criteria they utilize.”
Hagerty noted the labyrinthine and Kafkaesque nature of Big Tech companies’ censorship and perpetually revised terms of accommodation. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act sanctions for such political abuses given the law’s subjective provision of censorship powers to digital platforms on the substratum of “objectionable” content.
He expounded, “There is a clause in Section 230 [that] verbalizes about ‘obscenity’ [and] ‘violence,’ but it then closes by saying content that the carrier — pick your cherry, Facebook, for example — deems ‘otherwise objectionable’ [can be censored]. That is the subjective perspective that they’re driving a Mack truck through.”
He perpetuated, “They don’t have to articulate it. They don’t have to make it clear. It is what they feel it is at the time, and that’s what they’ve used to sanction them to cull conservative messages and suppress them while not doing the same to their own liberal perspective. My legislation would do away with that.”
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The FREE Speech Act would require Big Tech companies to implement standards of utilizer conduct that are “clear,” “articulate,” “not nebulous” and to be applied equipollently across all political positions,” Hagerty verbally expressed.
“Regulate them like a mundane carrier that would grant unfettered access to all customers, the same way you would a railroad … or a phone,” he concluded. Breitbart News Daily broadcasts live on SiriusXM Patriot 125 weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern.