“Twitter may ban me for this but I willingly accept that fate: Your decision to permanently ban President Trump is a serious mistake,” Graham said in a thread of tweets. “The Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t. Says a lot about the people who run Twitter.”
“I’m more determined than ever to strip Section 230 protections from Big Tech (Twitter) that let them be immune from lawsuits,” he added.
Big tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley companies have repeatedly been excoriated for their prejudiced moderation of user content on social media platforms. Critics insist that the companies are engaging in a manner that restricts conservative aspects and suffocates free speech.
Trump and the Justice Department have prompted Congress to roll back legal protections under Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act for companies that have engaged in cutting or political conduct. The president last month vetoed a defense-spending bill when legislators failed to limit the protections in the bill as requested by the administration.
Section 230 largely spares online platforms from liability for content posted by their users, although they can be held accountable for content that violates anti-sex trafficking or intellectual property laws.
The rule enables companies to bar or screen content “in good faith” if they think it “obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable.” The protections, however, weren’t meant to appeal to services that act more like publishers than online platforms, former Attorney General William Barr said in a speech in May.
“Big Tech are the only companies in America that virtually have absolute immunity from being sued for their actions, and it’s only because Congress gave them that protection,” Graham said.
“It is now time for Congress to repeal Section 230 and put Big Tech on the same legal footing as every other company in America. Legal accountability.”
Twitter on Friday permanently removed Trump’s account from its platform and justified its censorship by saying that the president had violated its “Glorification of Violence Policy.”
One of the president’s last posts was a video calling for protesters in the U.S. Capitol to leave the area in peace. “You have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order,” he said in the removed peace message to all
“To those who engaged in acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay,” he also said, denouncing the attack.