Get Ready to Be Censored...USMCA to Entrench Tech Giant's Liberty to Censor?!
Censorship is a big deal, especially as of late… Breitbart reported today that:
President Trump hailed the trade agreement he signed with Mexico and Canada last week as ‘great for all our countries.’ Perhaps he doesn’t know that the NAFTA-replacing trade agreement, USMCA, gives tech giants in Silicon Valley a special legal privilege to censor his own supporters — and anyone else they find ‘objectionable.’
Has a fast one been pulled on the President?! President Trump seems to be very much for free speech, as it was reported he stated back in August that “we will not tolerate political censorship, blacklisting, and rigged search results.” Although, now if this is passed, the big social media companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube have snuck “a liability protection into President Trump’s trade bill that would make it even easier for them to censor their own users.” This legal protection comes from the Communications Decency Act, Section 230, “which grant them legal immunity for user-generated content” through Article 19.17 of the trade agreement. Breitbart reported:
Section 230 has a similarly problematic provision, which needs to be amended by the next Congress if the censorship of the internet is to be stopped. But the new, even broader censorship provision, will make it nearly impossible for the tech giants’ privilege of legal immunity from any lawsuit that arises out of their censorship practices to be taken away.
Whereas Section 230 can be amended by the U.S. congress, USMCA is a trade agreement – once ratified by all three nations (the U.S., Canada, and Mexico), it will take further agreement from the three nations to amend it. And only one of those countries has a First Amendment. Canada, with its wide-ranging hate speech laws and far-left Prime Minister, would see little reason to make it harder for tech companies to censor “objectionable” content.
That said, USMCA isn’t ratified yet. It must first be approved by both Houses of Congress. Although President Trump has threatened a rapid cancellation of NAFTA to force Congress to approve its replacement, he faces legal obstacles to doing so.
And he might also be reluctant to do so when he learns that his own trade bill protects the very same tech censorship that he has publicly denounced.
Ironically, even though the provisions about the trade deal seem to be “great for all countries”, this agreement also makes it easier for these big companies to get away with what they want and continuing their extreme censorship. Unfortunately, it is out of President Trump’s hands since he already signed it and passed it along, so he cannot amend the USMCA, “but so long as he delays cancelling NAFTA, he can give Congress time to make changes to the bill.” Breitbart states that even though by January the Democrats will run the House, there are two new Republican candidates in the Senate that are not for the Silicon Valley tech giants which may allow the change required, as well as “provide a window for the grassroots to voice its concerns and pressure Congress to remove the pro-censorship provision from USMCA.”
This could be troublesome for those who like to enlighten others with the truth. Many of us at the EOC have experienced censorship for trying to tell the truth about what is happening in the world and what is being covered up. You can see more information in the links below that will possibly roll your socks up and down. What do you all think, will this get passed and will we have more free speech rights taken away, or will the government recognize our First Amendment rights are something that should be respected?
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