By Jenny Goldsberry
On her latest episode of the Sara Carter show, host Sara Carter reacted to former President Trump’s lawsuit against Google, Facebook and Twitter CEO’s. Carter says if platforms want to act like publishers, there should be consequences.
“They operate as publishers,” Carter said. “They’re editing, they’re deciding what you can look at what you can hear what you can see.”
As a result, Carter hopes that legal efforts will remove Section 230 protection from big tech. Many in the GOP agree with her. The section dictates that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.” In other words, tech companies are not publishers and cannot be held legally responsible for the content posted to their platforms by users.
It also allows big tech companies to remove and block content it deems to be “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected.”
However, big tech has overstepped their bounds, blocking content from the New York Post and Politico. “They said: ‘okay, now we’ve got to hone in, we’ve got to stop basically, anybody from propagating any kind of narrative that we don’t agree with.’” Carter said. “Because they actually believe they know what’s best for you. They don’t think you can make your own decisions.”
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