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

Image: Creative Commons.
Image: Creative Commons.

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) is a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive and serves as President and CEO of Rogue States Project, a bipartisan national security think tank. He has held senior positions at the Center for the National Interest, the Heritage Foundation, the Potomac Foundation, and many other think tanks and academic institutions focused on defense issues. He served on the Russia task force for U.S. Presidential Candidate Senator Ted Cruz, and in a similar task force in the John Hay Initiative. 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. He holds a graduate degree in International Relations from Harvard University and is the author of The Tao of A2/AD, a study of Chinese military modernization. Kazianis also has a background in defense journalism, having served as Editor-In-Chief at The Diplomat and Executive Editor for the National Interest.