Democrats’ new bill targeting ‘fake news’ threatens free speech

Rep. David Cicilline says he’s drafting a bill that would remove Section 230 liability protection for online platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, for publishing “demonstrably false” political advertisements. In threatening social media companies with punitive laws due to their alleged danger as “fake news” propagators, the Rhode Island Democrat joins notable members of his party, including presidential front-runner Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

While the full text of Cicilline’s bill isn’t expected until later this month, it’s nonetheless clear that these attacks on free speech and tech companies have unintended implications. Removing liability protections would be dire for free online discourse and could cause the greatest damage to those who challenge
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