Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he was “more determined than ever” to strip tech and social media firms of legal immunity under Section 230 after the president had been permanently barred from his Twitter account.
On Friday, Twitter reported that President Donald Trump had been suspended from his account because of allegations that his tweets were inciting abuse. The President’s supporters accused the influential social media site of political bias.
Graham brought the action to his Twitter account and called for Section 230 to be rescinded. The legislation protects those tech firms from legal ramifications of third-party speech on their networks.
“Twitter may ban me for this but I willingly accept that fate: Your decision to permanently ban President Trump is a serious mistake. The Ayatollah can tweet, but Trump can’t. Says a lot about the people who run Twitter,” tweeted Graham.
“I’m more determined than ever to strip Section 230 protections from Big Tech (Twitter) that let them be immune from lawsuits.” continued Graham in a second tweet.
“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,” he added.
“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,” Graham concluded.
On Friday, the President tried to post a statement on Twitter using other government accounts, but the social media platform took swift action to remove the tweets and block the accounts.
“Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me,” said the president, in part.
“”Twitter may be a private company, but without the government’s gift of Section 230 they would not exist for long.I predicted this would happen. We have been negotiating with various other sites, and will have a big announcement soon, while we also look at the possibilities of building out our own platform in their future,” the president added.
“We will not be SILENCED!” he said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also said on Friday that if the President did not resign, the Democrats in the House would move to accuse him of inciting an uprising on Monday.