Judicial Watch President says the government should be banned from asking Big Tech to censor people
'We can ban the government from asking Big Tech companies to take stuff down,' Tom Fitton said
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Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says that the best way to stop censorship is to make sure that the government can't contact social media platforms and encourage or work with them to censor people.
"We can ban the government from asking Big Tech companies to take stuff down," Fitton said on Tuesday's edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "We don't even have to debate changing the law or how Big Tech companies operate. Just stop the government from censoring us."
Fitton said that something Congress can do in terms of legislating is working on improving Section 230, which states that "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."
"I think Congress can perfect Section 230 to make it clear," he said. "It doesn't allow for political censorship. Although the courts are probably hesitant to do this thus far — properly interpret Section 230."
"To make it clear, it's designed to help companies take off violence from their internet sites, or pornography," Fitton continued. "It's not designed to give them an outlet to censor people and act as editors on people's thoughts about public policy debates."