McCarthy, Republican Leaders Propose to Combat Gmail Censorship


House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and other top Republicans proposed legislation on Tuesday that would combat Google and other big tech companies’ censorship of conservative campaign emails.

Leader McCarthy, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), House Republican Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) proposed the Political BIAS Emails Act to end big tech companies, especially Google’s, use of biased algorithms that filter political emails. The legislation would also increase transparency on filtering practices by requiring email service operators to produce transparency reports.

McCarthy said in a statement on Tuesday that Republicans are showing that they can fight back against big tech’s censorship of political speech:

Today’s Big Tech behemoths were once the gold standard of entrepreneurism and innovation, and offered space for the First Amendment to live freely. But over the years, these platforms abandoned these First Amendment principles and have instead chosen to use their immense power to pick a side in our country’s political discourse.

Researchers from North Carolina State University recently found that nearly 70 percent of emails from candidates registered with the Republican Party were sent to spam email boxes by Google, compared to less than one in ten from Democrat candidates from 2019 to 2020. Given Gmail holds over 50 percent of the email market in the U. S., about 130.9 million Americans are impacted by Google’s attempt to silence Republicans.

With this bill, Republicans are fighting back against Big Tech’s discriminatory infiltration into our political discourse, and will continue to take on Big Tech whenever and wherever they silence political speech.

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Senate companion bill. Lesko explained in a statement on Tuesday:

Big Tech companies have decided they are the arbiters of truth. Big Tech companies should not be interfering with our free and fair elections and silencing political discourse. I am proud to introduce this legislation to hold Big Tech companies accountable if they attempt to insert themselves in the political process and suppress political content.

Reps. Tom Emmer (R-MN), the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC); Drew Ferguson (R-GA), the Republican chief deputy whip; and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) cosponsored the bill.

The Republican leaders proposed the legislation after a rece... (Read more)

Submitted 343 days ago

Latest News