The Senate antitrust bill, or the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, was introduced by Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sen. Grassley (R-IA) to limit the power of Big Tech. The bill would stop internet giants like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon from giving themselves advantages over smaller companies.
Unfortunately, a poison pill has been inserted into the bill, turning this otherwise quality piece of legislation into a blueprint for more misinformation and hate speech. Republican Members of Congress (and Trump lackeys) Sens. Ted Cruz (TX) and Josh Hawley (MO) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL) are leading the charge to get the bill passed with their added provision.
“This provision could require platforms to host hate speech and other harmful content targeting Black and Brown people, the LGBTQIA+ community, women, immigrants, Indigenous people and other targeted populations,” explains Free Press Action’s Carmen Scurato.
Here are 5 signs the antitrust bill might actually be a Trojan Horse: