Similar to Senate Bill 111, House Bill 416 is billed as an anti-censorship bill, but it would actually interfere with the content private social media companies choose to publish on their platforms. 

HB416 would allow people to sue private, online companies if those companies "restrict, censor, or suppress" their speech. Just like private citizens may have free speech, private companies may choose what content they publish on their platforms.

The question of whether or not social media platforms should continue to enjoy the dominating online presence they currently have is one issue. Controlling what these companies choose to publish on their own platforms, however, would infringe on their speech just like telling a newspaper what to publish would infringe on its speech.

Bill Movement:

  • Introduced: 12/9/21
  • Passed House Committee: N/A
  • Passed House: N/A
  • Accepted by Senate: N/A
  • Passed Senate Committee: N/A
  • Passed Senate: N/A
  • Delivered to Governor: N/A

Sponsors

J. Fischer, C. Massey, N. Tate

Status

Active

Session

2021 General Assembly

Bill number

Position

Oppose