Perspective: Bills meant to check Big Tech’s power could lead to more disinformation


Many liberals — not to mention Big Tech executives — were relieved when the Supreme Court provisionally blocked a Texas law that forbade companies to screen out, remove, or “deny equal access or visibility to” online content based on “viewpoint.” Their concern was that such a law would essentially require Facebook, Google and other platforms to distribute misinformation and propaganda. “No online platform, website or newspaper should be directed by government officials to carry certain speech,” said a spokesman for the Computer and Communications Industry Association, after the ruling, which prevents the law from going into effect until the legal case is resolved.

Too many Democrats, unfortunately, fail to see that two bills intended to chip away at some firms’ market power — bills that are co-sponsored by Democratic senators — could produce similar unfortunate results.

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