Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, has taken serious measures to help tackle big tech power. Jordan disagrees with the ways in which Democrats are attempting to regulate the tech giants in Silicon Valley, in particular the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. Consequently, Jordan has stated that he will draft his own legislation designed to mitigate the excessive power and hubris of Big Tech.
In a Facebook posting, Jordan detailed various elements of his bill. He noted that the legislation would contain several elements, with one of the most important including the breakup of major tech companies. In addition, the bill also enables American users to take action against big tech by suing companies that attempt to censor them. Moreover, the bill also argues in favor of reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, long called for by Trump. Section 230 is the law that enables major tech companies to have massive liability protection against their decisions to host or remove content.
Jordan began his posting by proclaiming, “Here’s how you take on #BigTech,” and then he continued to outline a concise version of his plan, including the following: creating private right of action for citizens to sue big tech companies when they engage in censorship; removing all the current liability protections that big tech companies currently enjoy under Section 230; and massively speeding up the legal process in order to break up big tech companies.
Jordan added, “We’re drafting a bill to do just that.”
Jordan, who is an Ohio Congressman, as well as a GOP ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, has long been critical of several Big Tech regulations that have been widely pushed by Democrats. These measures include the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, which is legislation that would permit various Big Media companies to form massive cartels and consequently demand even more special treatment from Silicon Valley. Troublingly, many of these Big Media companies have ceaselessly pushed for major tech companies to censor their competitors.
During a House Judiciary Committee Hearing in March, Jordan clearly warned against the rapid passage of the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, given that it would result in “cartel power” and “consortium.”
Moreover, Jordan has also harshly criticized Democrats’ efforts to enforce antitrust legislation, especially since Microsoft just recently escape scrutiny from Congress with regards to its rather aggressive acquisition strategy.