Rubio Slams Big Tech in New Bill: 'No More Free Passes'

Libby | June 24, 2021
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R- Fla.) plans to introduce legislation Thursday that hits at Big Tech.

The bill, first obtained by The Daily Caller, is titled the Disincentivising Internet Service Censorship of Online Users and Restrictions on Speech and Expression Act — also known as the DISCOURSE Act.

Specifically, the legislation would amend Section 230 by stripping protections of Big Tech companies that “use algorithmic amplification, engage in content moderation, or create and or develop information content .”

Questions of how to better regulate Big Tech has seen bipartisan approval, though conservatives have especially been impacted by political censorship.

“Big Tech has destroyed countless Americans’ reputations, openly interfered in our elections by banning news stories, and baselessly censored important topics like the origins of the coronavirus,” Rubio said in a statement.

“It is absurd that these massive companies receive special protections through Federal law, even as they tear our country apart,” he continued. “No more free passes — it is time to hold Big Tech accountable for their actions.”

According to Rubio’s office, the legislation aims at clarifying ambiguous terms that have allowed Big Tech to continue its censorship in hopes of holding these powerful tech companies responsible.