Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said Friday that Big Tech censorship of people is “probably the biggest challenge that we face right now in this country, as a party.”
Nunes told The Epoch Times’ “Crossroads” at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida that people being thrown off websites such as Facebook and Twitter leave them without “a messaging architecture” and unable to connect.
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Nunes also listed Rumble, a video sharing site, and Parler, a rival to the large social media platforms, noting that The Epoch Times is available but has been targeted by Big Tech.
Conservatives could be banned from services like iTunes in the future, according to the Californian.
“I think that’s what’s going to happen. And so for a long war, we’re in. ‘What should we do?’ people are wondering. You must inform your congressman and senators that this must stop, so that pressure is placed on these tech oligarchs, who are actually what they are, and state lawmakers will have to pass new laws like Gov.
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Earlier this month, Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, introduced legislation that would allow big tech companies such as YouTube to be fined or prosecuted for certain moderation decisions, essentially bypassing the controversial rights they enjoy under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.
In the bill announcement, DeSantis told reporters that social media platforms are enforcing norms arbitrarily in a biased way.
“Can you imagine tolerating such actions in the financial sector or in the health care sector or in other sectors?” he asked.
In the last Congress, former President Donald Trump and some Republican lawmakers attempted to amend or do away with Section 230, but the majority of members stopped them.
Last month, while still in office, Trump himself was blocked by Twitter and Facebook, a move that many supporters characterized as a new low for the companies.
Recently, Trump appealed the Facebook ruling to his independent supervisory board, which is preparing to overrule the California-based business and order the Republican to be reinstated.
Trump has also discussed the possibility of establishing his own website.
“We’re in talks with a few people, and there’s also the possibility of making your own website. And we’ve got more people than anyone else,’ he told Newsmax this month in an interview. “I mean you can build your own site literally.”