Congress Hits the Tech Titans, 3100
Good afternoon, I’m still reporting on the Titans of Tech.
This week’s Ebay indictments was the final straw for many in Congress. Senate Republicans are finally pushing a legislative fix, allowing users to sue for political censorship.
Josh Hawley, the young Senator from Missouri, went on Fox & Friends to explain the bill.
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The basic problem that is causing all this political censorship is that in 1996 Congress gave the then pubescent tech giants immunity to provide open forums as a way of opening up the world to a new era of global open communications thanks to the emerging popularity of the internet. The law that provides this immunity is under section 47 of the US Code, Section 230 – a provision of the Communications Decency Act.
"No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."
For example, the Still Report is an information content provider. I can be sued if I wrecklessly accuse someone of something that I know is false, because that hurts their reputation and their income-making ability. But the key is I have to do so knowing my information – or content - is false – is slanderous.
Well, I’ve never done that, nor will I ever do that, so I have no problem. However, the information provider – YouTube, in this case – is completely protected from anything malicious I may say. So, they have no excuse to demonetize my videos, or force me to take any video down, or even completely take my entire channel down – like they did to Alex Jones - unless I am violating some other law.
Well, that hasn’t stopped them. I suspect they deliberately limit my access to a broader audience and I know they demonetize some of my videos for what I suspect are primarily political reasons.
What that means is that you still have to sit through that ubiquitous – not to mention, inane – Joe Biden commercial at the start of my reports, I may not get paid for it. That makes it very hard for me to stay on the air – because if I can’t get paid, there is a tendency for me to learn what topics to keep away from.
For example, when news of studies showing that hydroxychloroquine could at least improve the conditions of people with the COVID-19 virus, nearly every single one of those videos was demonetized.
At one point, YouTube’s demonetization practices became so severe, that it just about drove me out of business all together. Fortunately, I have kept exacting records for many years and will take appropriate action at the appropriate time.
The only thing that kept me and many other freedom-loving channels in business was a patriotic ad agency came to our rescue and provided a conduit to independent businesses wanting to advertise on the Internet outside of normal channels through the control of the Tech Titans.
That’s why you see ads on every one of my videos that I create for these independent advertisers – American freedom working around the censorship problem.
These advertisers are not just doing this out of the kindness of their hearts; they expect to attract enough customers to at least break even, however, they could easily put their advertising dollars elsewhere, but chose to help keep America free during the dark days of the last administration through the first four years of the current embattled administration.
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This is probably THE most important piece of legislation in support of American freedom that has come before Congress for many years, because freedom of the press is nearly dead today, and freedom literally cannot survive without a free press.
And things would be much, much worse today had it not been for the bravery and inventiveness of one ad agency that stepped up before the last election – the only one who supported a free press with their energy and money, instead of just worthless lip service.
We all need to call our Congressional representatives and ask them to support Senator Hawley’s bill:
“To amend the Communications Decency Act to encourage providers of interactive computer services to provide content moderation that is politically neutral.”
I’m still reporting from just outside the citadel of American freedom. Good day.
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