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The bill covers a lot more than Facebook and Instagram, says Shoshana Weissmann, senior manager for digital media at the R Street Institute, who deals daily with attempts to regulate online speech.
“This is another unconstitutional bill focused on the current moral panic [over] social media, while trying to infringe on the rights of private actors,” she said. The bill would cover “Twitter, dating apps, and even the comments section of your mom’s blog.”
Weissman added the section about modifying terms and conditions is unclear. Could the platform modify its terms without violating the law? Could the candidate?
The bill’s a mess. But it offers more evidence that First Amendment freedoms remain misunderstood and under stress, even (or especially) by those sworn to uphold them.