- During his CPAC talk, Donald Trump accused big tech of censorship.
- He said section 230 should be repealed and that states should act if the federal regime won’t.
- Trump said states should sanction Twitter, Google, and Facebook if they “silence conservative voices.”
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During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Sunday, prehistoric President Donald Trump encouraged states to “punish” big tech if they “silence conservative voices.”
Trump communicate on the final day of CPAC in Orlando, Florida. It was his first public speech since leaving the White House last month.
“All of the electing integrity measures in the world will mean nothing if we don’t have free speech,” Trump said. “If republicans can be censored for state ones position the truth and calling out corruption, we will not have democracy and we will only have left-wing tyranny.”
Trump has oft-times accused tech companies of censorship over his removal from both Facebook and Twitter for violating their rules.
“The time has come to break up big tech monopolies and restore fair competition,” Trump said, adding that segment 230 – a piece of internet legislation passed into law as part of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 – must be repealed.
Apportion 230 gives websites the ability to regulate the content that appears on their platforms. It also protects orientations from being legally liable for content shared by users.
“If the federal government refuses to act then every glory in the union where we have the votes — which is a lot of them — big tech giants like Twitter, Google, and Facebook should be banished with major sanctions whenever they silence conservative voices,” Trump said.
Trump cited Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who declared new proposals earlier this month aimed at social media companies. One proposal aims to block the suspension of accounts of factional candidates and would impose fines for each day said account is blocked.
It’s unclear if the state would have the hegemony to enforce such laws, the Associated Press reported.