Georgia Senate panel to ban social media censorship?

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Georgia Senate panel to ban social media censorship?

A Georgia state Senate committee has advanced a proposal for the state to prohibit censorship on social media platforms amid an outcry from conservatives that their political views are being discriminated against, even though a similar Texas law has been put on hold by a federal court.

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The Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee voted 6-5 on Tuesday for Senate Bill 393, sending it to the full Senate for more debate. It declares that social media companies that have more than 20 million users in the United States are common carriers and that they can’t block people from receiving certain messages based on viewpoints, location, race, ethnicity, religion, political beliefs, gender, sexual orientation* or disability.

*Who’s being banned for so-called “sexual orientation”? That sort of thing is widely promoted on social media, with critics being banned. – Editor

Republican State Sen. Greg Dolezal of Cumming says the measure is needed to ensure that everyone can participate in a crucial means of free expression.

“In the same way that I can walk out in front of the Capitol, walk outside of this room, and communicate my speech and not be censored, we believe that the same thing should happen in the modern public square, which are these social media platforms,” Dolezal said.

Senate Republicans have declared it one of their priorities to pass this year. The move comes after social media companies banned Donald Trump in the last days of his presidency, adding to claims that conservatives are being unfairly treated.

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But the technology industry says the measure is illegal, in part because it would unconstitutionally make private companies host speech they don’t agree with. They also argue that private owners should be able to do as they please with their own property.

“Our members have a First Amendment right to exercise editorial discretion in deciding how to curate and moderate content that is posted on their websites,” Chris Marchese, a lawyer for trade group Net Choice, told the committee last week.

Researchers have not found widespread evidence that social media companies are biased against conservative news, posts or materials.

In a 2021 report, New York University’s Stern Center for Business and Human Rights called the accusations political disinformation spread by Republicans.

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