The Senate is once again attempting to target the 1st Amendment and freedom of speech in this country.
A new bill titled the “Digital Platform Commission Act“, introduced by Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, is attempting to enshrine a federal commission to combat ‘hate speech’ and ‘misinformation’.
Obviously, these are mere euphemisms for speech that the security apparatus of the state and the far-left do not like.
Critics are dubbing it the RESTRICT Act 2.0, and it is reminiscent of both that legislation and earlier attempts to start a misinformation bureau headed by Nina Jankowicz.
As you can imagine, reactions were overwhelmingly negative to the proposed legislation:
A new Senate bill dubbed the Digital Platform Commission Act (DPCA), proposed by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet would create a federal agency to police Americans’ speech for “misinformation” and “hate speech” if passed by the Congress.
Yeah… That’s not going to work for… pic.twitter.com/uICzhrBTUj
— UltraMJTruth (@MJTruthUltra) May 19, 2023
🚨👇Seems they are making a more extrapolative version of the Restrict Act, like I said, they would break it into smaller Bills.
— Joshua Reid (@realjoshuareid) May 19, 2023
According to Becker News, Bennet states:
“As a country, we should take pride that most of the world’s leading tech companies were founded in America. But they aren’t start-ups anymore.
Today they rank among the most powerful companies in human history.
It’s past time for a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to regulating digital platforms that have amassed extraordinary power over our economy, society, and democracy,” said Bennet.
“We don’t have to choose between letting digital platforms write their own rules, allowing competitors like China and the E.U. write those rules, or leaving it to politicians in Congress.
We should follow the long precedent in American history of empowering an expert body to protect the public interest through common sense rules and oversight for complex and powerful sectors of the economy.”
“Public Knowledge is pleased to endorse this important bill”
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced the Digital Platform Commission Act,
“Among other features of the law, it empowers the new federal body to require dominant… pic.twitter.com/l0rx4qh9Xc
— Bad Kitty Unleashed 🦁💪🏻 (@pepesgrandma) May 19, 2023
The Hill adds:
It would establish a Federal Digital Platform Commission to regulate digital platforms consistent with the public interest to encourage the creation of new online services and to provide consumer benefits, prevent harmful concentrations of private power and protect consumers from deceptive, unfair or abusive practices.
It would comprise five members appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.