With the growing importance of social media, and it now being the most commonly used medium that many people use to engage in politics, follow the news, engage with friends and family, and participate in the consumption of goods and services or look for jobs, it is ever more evident that we need to legally define social media platforms as public spaces where we engage in our first amendment rights. Another option floated around would be an internet bill of rights to be added to the constitution. Kenneth would be in favor of either of these solutions, but would prefer attempting to make platform access a civil right first before attempting the difficult and time consuming process of amending the constitution.
Conservatives and centrist types are being actively censored on social media. This censorship comes in a variety of ways, outright banning people with opposing views, shadow banning opposing voices so their content no longer appears in search results, demonetization to harm the financial stability of opposition voices and target other financial streams of content creators who's livelihood relies on those forms of income. This conduct from both social media platforms trying to act like publishers and far left radical activists is wrong and immoral.
As platforms, social media websites have a unique legal protection within the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 states that "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider" (47 U.S.C. § 230). This ensures that these platforms are not liable for content posted by it's users.
Kenneth would propose one amendment to this act, changing 47 U.S.C. § 230(c)(2)(A) would read "any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, excluding such material that is constitutionally protected speech". In theory, this change would make it illegal for platforms to remove users for posting controversial political speech, providing protection for individuals who hold opinions contrary to those held by employees of these social media sites.
Kenneth Morgan is a young moderate republican. His stances are socially centrist and fiscally conservative. He dislikes modern outrage culture and tries to work hard and be ethical in both his words and actions. His family taught him the values of honor and commitment from a young age, and the military reinforced both those values further. Having served in Afghanistan and surviving an IED blast, he understands the values of maintaining a strong military presence around the world. However, Kenneth is against regime change wars and does not wish to send our troops to fight wars that our politicians were too lazy to attempt to prevent in the first place.
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