Lumis says technology, social media companies should address government censorship questions

July 30, 2021 by Branden Lachs

White House Press Secretary Jane Pisaki (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith)

CASPER, Wyo – Wyoming U.S. Senator Cynthia Lumis and four other senators announced Friday in the Senate that they have “upheld the law of online speech.”

Lumis’ office says the law requires technology companies to submit any U.S. or foreign government requests or recommendations regarding content modesty within seven days. Companies are required to report any action taken as a result of any government censorship request.

Companies that fail to comply with the rules will be fined $ 50,000 a day. The funding will be used by the Federal Communications Commission to provide access to rural broadband, Lumis’ office said.

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According to Lumis’ office, the senators introduced the law after acknowledging that the White House was “pointing out problematic posts” to social media companies.

“The first amendment will protect our citizens from government interference,” Lumis said in a statement. “When private companies work with the government to suppress freedom of expression, these companies become government agents and undermine public trust in government institutions.

“As a result, Americans have the right to receive at least some official information about their actions. I am proud to work with my colleagues Senators Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, Bill Hagerti and Ron Johnson in collaboration with the United States Government on the Big Bang Theory.

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