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Pennsylvania Considers Bill That Would Allow Residents To Sue Big Tech Over Censorship


Two Pennsylvania state senators are seeking to pass a bill that would allow residents to sue social media companies that censor their content based on political or religious views.

Sens. Doug Mastriano (R-Gettysburg) and Scott Hutchinson (R-Oil City) sponsored state Senate Bill 604 (pdf), called the Social Media Accountability Act, that would allow individuals the ability to sue Big Tech social media companies like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter for banning or censoring their account.

The current version of the bill indicates an individual can receive up to $75,000 in damages. The bill also requires social media providers to clearly indicate the reason for any ban or disabled account within 30 days along with a course of action for reinstatement.

“This type of legislation represents the most effective way to fight back against biased big tech employees censoring and banning free speech that they don’t like,” Mastriano said in a statement.

“Our rights to free speech are clearly enshrined in the first amendment. That right should not end in the public sphere of social media. Social media companies are censoring users whose religious and political views offend the delicate sensibilities of big … (Read more)

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