Ga. Lawmakers Study Ways To Balance ‘Big Tech’ Bans Versus Business Rights

What should be the balance between the free speech rights of large social media companies and those of the people who use their platforms, and should the Georgia Legislature create rules to strike that balance?

That’s what members of the House Science and Technology Committee want to know as they discussed the idea of tech censorship in a hearing Thursday, a followup to another meeting on the controversial topic in May. The committee is weighing whether to recommend legislation to the 2022 General Assembly

The issue is attracting growing attention in recent months after former President Donald Trump and other conservatives have claimed big companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google censor right-wing speech. Last week, Trump announced a class action lawsuit against those companies and their CEOs after the platforms imposed bans on him and others.

But as social media becomes more and more vital for conducting business and running for…

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