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Did Twitter or Facebook Censor Your Content? You Might Be Able to Sue in One State.

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After social media tech giants Twitter and Facebook made the move to block the President of the United States, and purge and censor tens of thousands of users across the U.S., at least some Republican lawmakers are ready to take action on a state-level. New legislation is being crafted that would allow individual users to sue social media over certain restrictions.

“I drafted it in December and things have only gotten worse,” explained North Dakota State Rep. Tom Kading, the lead sponsor of the bill, told “Fox & Friends” yesterday.

“I’m frankly shocked at what’s happening to our country and censoring does not create unity, it does not help the situation of division in our country, and it does not de-escalate the situation,” Kading told Fox. “All it really does is make those who have been silenced dig in deeper and be more suspicious of what’s going on.”

“If a website comes out and selectively publishes information,” Kading noted, citing specific case law from state supreme courts, “or manipulates true information in order to create a certain desired narrative, this restrictive action can essentially amount to defamation.”

Check out the clip below to get a sense of what Kading has in mind. The big question, of course: how many lawyers are headed to North Dakota to fight this?

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Harry J. Kazianis (@Grecianformula) serves as a Senior Director at the Center for the National Interest in Washington, D.C., a Washington D.C.-based think tank founded by President Richard Nixon in 1994. Kazianis in the past served as Editor-In-Chief of the Diplomat and as a national security-focused fellow at CSIS, the Potomac Foundation, and the University of Nottingham (UK). His ideas have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CNN, CNBC, and many other outlets across the political spectrum.

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  1. Mahnaz

    January 17, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    I am one of those voices silenced by twitter oligopoly. I escaped a tyrannical illegitimate regime for the USA so I can take back my voice, my choices, and my freedoms. For a company operating under USA laws and Constitution, yet with with powers beyond its legitimacy, to be intolerant of and silence my small voice on social media, just because I’m a conservative or a Trump/America-First supporter, is beyond an outrage just to me or any one group of people. It’s an existential threat to ALL and everything we should value and preserve in USA. Where jack and his twitter and social media friends are pulling this country is a poisoned ruinous path back where I came from and what I escaped.

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