The Internet changed the world forever, opening access to information and driving economic growth into the new millennium. Most of those changes are positive -- but not all of them. In recent years, we’ve seen Big Tech companies -- like Facebook, Google and Twitter -- become an extended version of Big Brother, eroding trust and damaging the public debate. Big Tech platforms have a significant role in our elections, and the public deserves to know the truth about how they operate. They should not be allowed to arbitrarily pick sides and censor speech, and they must be held responsible when they deceive consumers or act egregiously. We can take action in Virginia to protect the First Amendment and hold Big Tech accountable.
- Require Big Tech to publish standards used to censor posts, de-platform, or shadow ban users clearly and separately from the terms of service.
- Allow users to opt-out of algorithms used to determine which content users see.
- Notify users before taking action to censor, ban, or prohibit content, except in cases where users break the law.
Prevent Uncalled-for Censorship
- Create a ‘three-strike’ system of warnings prior to adopting permanent bans and suspensions.
- Make available to users remedial steps that can be taken to restore their accounts.
- Prohibit the de-platforming of qualified candidates for elected office.
- Expand the Attorney General’s authority to investigate and act against censorship and de-platforming.
- Enact $100,000 daily fine for big tech companies that violate the law.