H.R. 83Protecting Constitutional Rights from Online Platform Censorship Act

Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN)

Introduced: January 4, 2021
Status: The bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in February 2021.


The “Protecting Constitutional Rights from Online Platform Censorship Act” makes it unlawful for internet platforms to filter or remove content that is protected by the Constitution or by federal, state, and local law, and it altogether removes Section 230(c)(2) — a provision that currently protects operators of interactive computer services from civil liability if they remove or moderate third-party constitutionally protected speech they deem obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, as long as it is done in good faith. The bill also creates a private right of action for unlawful content moderation, which could cost internet platforms between $10,000-$50,000 in statutory damages.

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We oppose this bill

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