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U.S, Senator Josh Hawly (R Missouri) has introduced a new bill which specifically addresses the question of 'big tech' companies like FaceBook, Google and Twitter being either platforms or publishers. In a nutshell, Twitter claims immunity under Section 230 of the Commutations Decency Act (1996) and they censor users at the same time. Sen. Hawly proposes that they are either a utility (like AT&T) or they're a publisher; they cannot be both. The bill also addresses algorithms used by search engines (like Google) that skew search results or otherwise manipulate searches. PDF of the Proposed Bill Article From FOX News Article from CNBC
In an AP wire report, a Supreme Court ruling on Monday 20.06.2017 reaffirms that 'offensive speech' is Constitutionally protected free speech. The unanimous 8-0 ruling is a major victory for those with dissenting opinions. Basically the ruling boils down to 'you might not like what I have to say but I have the right to say it' AND the U.S. Government doesn't have 'speech' as defined by the Constitution. Not only will this affect trademarks as in the context of the case, but the ruling can also be applied to state and local governments trying to enact 'no hate speech' or 'anti-cyber bullying' legislation. MY OPINION