Big Tech reckoning: WH roundtable demands Section 230 overhaul
09/25/2020 // News Editors // Views

Big Tech’s reckoning may have finally arrived. The White House hosted a roundtable calling for the overhaul of Section 230, a change which has massive implications for Big Tech and online speech.

(Article  by Alexander Hall republished from

No more “bad faith” moderation! The Department of Justice has proposed a bill to overhaul Section 230 and punish companies for political censorship.

“Every year, countless Americans are banned, blacklisted, and silenced through arbitrary or malicious enforcement of ever-shifting rules,” President Donald Trump declared at a September 23 roundtable including Attorney General William BarrSenator Josh Hawley (R-MO), and nine other conservative leaders. Trump then described his response: “In May, I directed Attorney General Barr to work with the state attorneys general as they enforce the state laws against deceptive business practices.”

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen explained how this legislation will ensure that when Big Tech companies “moderate content in bad faith,” they will risk their Section 230 protections.

This roundtable discussed an entirely new approach to wrangling with Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects Big Tech platforms from legal liability from lawsuits for content that appears on their platforms.

The discussion’s declared purpose was to “focus on concrete legal steps to protect an open Internet and a free society, including steps to ensure the social media companies cannot deceive their users with hidden efforts to manipulate the spread of information.”


Barr has delivered:

“I’m pleased to report that, earlier today, the Department, on behalf of the administration, has sent to Congress proposed legislation to reform Section 230. And that legislation addresses concerns about online censorship by requiring greater transparency and accountability when platforms remove lawful speech.”

Google whistleblower Zach Vorhies summarized the Section 230 reform legislation in a Twitter thread: “companies like Google and Facebook will get stripped of immunity if they moderate content in bad faith.” He featured numerous purported screenshots of the legislation. In one tweet, Vorhies summarized how “Good faith terms are defined. This will make Google/YouTube, Facebook, Twitter's lives very difficult. They will now have to tell you why they are restricting your content.”

The DOJ press release explained that the legislation has a “series of reforms to promote transparency and open discourse and ensure that platforms are fairer to the public when removing lawful speech from their services.” It went on to explain why, after years of moderation in bad faith, it’s high time for a complete overhaul:

“The current interpretations of Section 230 have enabled online platforms to hide behind the immunity to censor lawful speech in bad faith and is inconsistent with their own terms of service.”

“To remedy this,” Barr explained, “the department’s legislative proposal revises and clarifies the existing language of Section 230 and replaces vague terms” replacing them with more “concrete” language.

The prime example of Big Tech tyranny discussed was how platforms have been censoring leaders for expressing valid concerns about mail-in voter fraud. In late May, Twitter fact-checked Trump for suggesting that mail-in ballots could lead to voter fraud, a concern even The New York Times has acknowledged to be valid.

But the initial fact-check of Trump proved to be only the beginning. In August Twitter placed an interstitial, or filter, over Trump’s August 23 tweet criticizing “Mail Drop Boxes” as a “voter security disaster.” In SeptemberTwitter announced in a September 10 company blog update that “We will label or remove false or misleading information intended to undermine public confidence in an election or other civic process.”

Twitter followed through on this threat a few days later. Trump warned North Carolina voters: “To make sure your Ballot COUNTS, sign & send it in EARLY,” and urged them to “go to your Polling Place to see if it was COUNTED.” He followed up by suggesting “IF NOT, VOTE!” Trump claimed that “Your signed Ballot will not count because your vote has been posted,” and warned: “Don’t let them illegally take your vote away from you!” Twitter responded by labeling the tweet with an interstitial, or filter: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible. Learn more.”

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R-WV) discussed that Trump’s concerns about censorship about electoral fraud have since been validated. He recounted how, “When you were being criticized by Twitter, related to absentee ballots, that very same day, we concluded an investigation of West Virginia, which affirmed a lot of the very things you were saying.”

Morrisey later added that “I thought you’d appreciate the irony of that very day,” that irony being how “That person is going to go to jail now. And, meanwhile, Twitter continues to engage and pretend that what’s true is not.”

Read more at:

Take Action:
Support Natural News by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.
App Store
Android App
eTrust Pro Certified

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2022 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
Natural News uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.