An Ohio House committee passed legislation on Tuesday that would prohibit social media companies from censoring users.
The proposed bill, HB 441, would block companies like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube from censoring content based on ideas or personal viewpoints. The bill would not apply to speech illegal under federal law such as inciting violence or harassment.
The bill would apply to social media platforms with at least 50 million users and would allow private citizens to win judgments against censored views.
Adam Candeub, a law professor from Michigan State University, testified in support of the bill.
“He argued social media today forms the modern public square. However, the companies who control that square are nothing but ‘political actors’ who ‘censor and silence those with whom they disagree,’” according