RedState: Ted Cruz Speaks Out Against Giveaways To Big Tech In New Trade Deals

News|11.7.19

This is an interesting story given the implications to sites like RedState and conservatives in general.

As you are probably aware, there’s been an ongoing battle between conservative news and content creators and the big tech companies, who have slyly changed their rules and managed to demonetize (or outright ban) several outlets. Along the way, there’s been a growing tension between conservative beliefs about private companies and wanting to see the first amendment not be subverted via technicality. If a private company can stifle rights, are you really any better off that if government did it? Should you feel good about it just because a private company did it? I’d posit not, although there are certainly different ways of handling each situation to ensure a respect of the Constitution.

In regards to new trade deals we’ve been negotiating, such as those with Mexico, Japan, and the UK, big tech has managed to garner many of the same Section 230 carve outs internationally that they currently enjoy domestically. Sen. Ted Cruz thinks that’s a problem per Politico.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today urged the Trump administration to remove language enshrining tech’s sweeping liability protections in trade pacts with Canada and Mexico as well as Japan, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO.

In a missive to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Cruz also warned against adopting such language, which mirrors Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — a U.S. law shielding websites from lawsuits over users’ posts — in future trade deals.

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