Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation Wednesday to combat the censorship campaign orchestrated by colluding Big Tech companies and governments all over the world, including the Biden Administration.
“Americans should know when governments – especially their own – request or pressure internet companies to censor legal speech,” Rubio said.
Rubio explained in a FOX News article Wednesday that the bill, the PRESERVE Online Speech Act, would “require technology companies to disclose any U.S. or foreign government requests or recommendations regarding content moderation” within seven days of the request.
It would also force the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to submit an annual report to Congress covering all government censorship requests and resulting actions from that year. Non-compliant firms will receive a daily fine of $50,000 that will be directed to the FCC to provide rural broadband access.
The legislation comes nearly two weeks after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki openly admitted that the Biden administration is conspiring with Big Tech oligarchs to suppress dissent on social media platforms.
“We already know that Big Tech companies pick and choose which viewpoints are allowed on their platforms, and now the Biden administration expressed their willingness to help them censor the American people,” said Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), one of the bill’s cosponsors.
“Transparency is critical,” wrote Rubio, “but it alone will not change the poisonous role that Big Tech and social media corporations are playing in our national politics.”
For this reason, Rubio said he has also introduced the DISCOURSE Act, “which would strip Section 230 protections from large tech companies that drop the pretense of neutrality by censoring specific viewpoints or creating and developing content, including through algorithmic amplification.”
“We need to step up to the plate to stop Silicon Valley-Democrat collusion before it’s too late,” said Rubio.