There is a bill, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, wending its way through the Senate that’s intended to let local news outlets band together to get enough scale to negotiate with Big Tech social media on a less uneven footing for payment from those outlets for their use of content that is taken by those social media and republished.
Senator Ted Cruz (R, TX) proposed an amendment that would plainly and explicitly prohibit payment negotiations from including discussion of content moderation—i.e., that would bar Big Tech from engaging in its penchant for censorship during payment negotiations. Cruz’ amendment wouldn’t even ban content moderation altogether, just during those content payment talks.
The Progressive-Democratic Party Senators voted it down. They blocked even this limited ban on Big Tech censorship.
Senator John Kennedy (R, LA), even as he is a sponsor of the basic bill, is on the right track.
Mr Kennedy said in a statement that he doesn’t understand why Democrats have a problem with the Cruz amendment.
The Progressive-Democrats want to continue censoring the information us average Americans will be permitted to have. That’s why they have a problem with the Cruz amendment.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D, MN) has a counter, she claims.
Ms Klobuchar countered that the bill already contained several protections to make sure it is content-neutral and doesn’t allow discrimination.
This is disingenuous. Were she serious about content neutrality—were she serious about no censorship—Klobuchar wouldn’t be opposed to a clear, simple ban on that along with, or replacing, her claimed protections.