HILL TECH & CYBER BRIEFING: GOP Bill Targets Platforms After Trump

June 11, 2021, 10:10 AM

A bill from a top Senate Republican would ban larger tech companies, such as Twitter and Facebook, from blocking competing internet platforms and from discriminating against users’ political affiliation.

The legislation from Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) is the first attempt by lawmakers to reel in large technology platforms’ content moderation authorities after decisions by Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet‘s YouTube to block Donald Trump from their platforms for incendiary comments related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by the former president’s supporters.

Wicker, the top Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced the bill in ...

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