A coalition of Republican state lawmakers are floating legislation targeting big tech companies. The “Tech Accountability Bill” is in response to unsubstantiated claims of censorship toward conserative voices and politicians on social media platforms.
The bill would, among other things, compel tech companies to publish their moderation standards and allow users to opt-out of post prioritization.
It would also bar social media platforms from banning elected officials or candidates for public office. Failing to comply with the proposed policies could cost the tech giants up to $250,000 in legal damages per case.
For more on the bill, and its legal viability, WORT producer Jonah Chester spoke with Howard Schweber, a professor of constitutional law and free speech at UW-Madison.
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