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Rep. Buck Calls on DOJ to Investigate Censorship of News Outlet on Social Media Platforms

October 16, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Congressman Ken Buck sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr expressing his concerns regarding the recent censorship of a New York Post article on Facebook and Twitter. The article details Hunter Biden’s alleged email correspondence with Burisma executives in 2014 and 2015. Social media platforms have broad immunity from prosecution under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to allow users to exercise their freedom of speech with moderation only in cases involving egregious and illegal communications. In response to Twitter’s and Facebook’s recent actions, Rep. Ken Buck is calling on the DOJ to prevent this code from applying to platforms that moderate political content.


“Twitter and Facebook’s editorial decisions to block the New York Post’s story, while allowing the President to Iran to issue death threats against United States servicemembers, do not meet the narrow content moderation protections granted to platforms under Section 230," Rep. Buck writes. "I urge the DOJ to open an investigation into Twitter and Facebook’s harmful actions to censor free speech and curtail Americans’ access to a free press. Their recent actions violate the platform’s immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and threaten to chill free speech throughout our nation, which is why I also urge the DOJ to consider removing Section 230 immunity for social media platforms that engage in political content moderation.”


This letter comes after an initiative spearheaded by Rep. Buck to dismantle big tech censorship. Earlier this month, he authored a report outlining a “third way” to take on big tech anticompetitive behavior, which was supported by Representatives Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). 

A PDF of the letter can be foundPDF iconhere.
The original New York Post article can be found here