NRB hosts forum on platform censorship, section 230 and the future of social media at NRB 2021 – NRB
GRAPEVINE, Texas (NRB) – On Tuesday morning, a panel of experts led a discussion on free speech in the digital age and growing concerns about censorship and platform removal. Allie Beth Stuckey, podcaster and author of the book “You’re not Enough & That’s Okay”, moderated the panel which included David French, editor of “The Dispatch”, Ken Starr, legal advisor to the law firm Lanier and former US circuit judge, and Lila Rose, founder and president of LiveAction.
The panel began with a discussion on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which was passed in 1996. Section 230 states that âNo provider or user of an interactive computing service shall be considered to be the publisher or speaker of information provided by another. information content provider â.
In other words, section 230 states that any online service provider that hosts the speech of a third party cannot be held responsible for any statements made on the provider’s platform. This allowed individuals to express their opinions on social media platforms.
Article 230 (b) expresses the will of Congress inattempts to “preserve the dynamic and competitive free market that currently exists for the Internet and other interactive computer services, unhindered by federal or state regulation.”
French explained the history of section 230 and described it as “the rocket fuel for free speech online.”
The panel also discussed censorship in social media.
âThese companies are populated with far-left ideas and there is a definitive double standard,â Rose said.
LiveAction has been banned from advertising on Twitter for six years and more.
âWe worked to try to do it right, and eventually a representative from Twitter told us that until we remove pro-life content, images and other content, the ban would not be lifted,â Rose said.
Starr said we don’t want government bureaucrats to control private entities. The government cannot regulate what goes on within the platforms of these companies.
âHere are the first principles: These are private companies and they have First Amendment rights,â Starr said.
Starr explained that this problem is an ongoing problem. He said there are 13 different measures and bipartisan efforts. He stressed that progress will not happen overnight, but celebrated that at least the conversation continues.
âLet’s do what we can do,â Starr said. âWe have voices and we must ask for more responsibility. “
French spoke about his take on censorship.
“The idea of ââleftist ideology is that they want big tech to censor a lot more free speech,” French said.
Rose acknowledged that social media platforms make mistakes and encouraged people to build relationships with businesses and resolve issues with tech companies first rather than posting on social media or relying on a conservative media source.
Rose spoke to attendees about the ability to get their message across beyond social media platforms, encourage attendees to engage in their own communities, and explore ways to get their message out without relying on social media platforms. social media.
âThe more you build your customer base elsewhere, the more long-term success you’ll have,â Rose said. âUsing multiple platforms as a force. “
She encouraged participants to build an audience through multiple channels. She encouraged the participants to explore communication options that go beyond social media, whether it’s writing a book or speaking with other thought leaders. She said it could have a much bigger influence than the tweet.
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