The Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act would modify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act by conditioning the protection on whether content decisions are “objectively reasonable,” while also limiting the things platforms can act on.
Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which has come under increased scrutiny since President Trump targeted it in an executive order in May, gives internet companies immunity from lawsuits for content posted on their sites by third parties and allows them to make “good faith” efforts to moderate content.
This is the whole article from The Hill as it stands, and for alternate news media like The Duran, such changes are vitally needed. My own runins with Facebook censorship increased sharply after that House Judiciary Committee hearing. Not that I am so personally important, but the experience was as though the Big Tech people were determined to show us who is really boss, and I suspect this was felt by many people because of the great shift of many conservatives to Parler around the same time.
It is doubtful that this law’s changes will be passed and put into effect before the election, so I think we are on our own, however, there are some things we can do:
- Create your own “sharing” network within the big socials. Facebook may be aware of my presence, but I have hundreds of contacts that Facebook may not pay attention to. Those contacts can also help spread news through the social network, through instant messaging or sharing posts across their own retinue of groups, chat rooms, etc., even alternate networks.
- Call the senators responsible for this bill being prepared and tell them your experiences. Writing is not sufficient. If the phone numbers are not available, try the Capitol / Senate / House switchboards.
- Call the White House. The number is 1-202-456-1414. Their switchboard for comments to the President is not running steady hours as of September 9th, 2020, due to COVID Phase 3 restrictions – An operator at the White House told me this directly. But call them and get your experiences through to the President.
And of course, keep reading our great news pieces and keep watching our analytic maven, Alexander Mercouris and Alex Christoforou and support The Duran and other alternative media. The burden of truth is on us now.
The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Duran.