Assemblyman Gallagher talks social media freedoms

State Assemblyman James Gallagher explains his goals with a new bill to apply the First Amendment protections to social media.

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 6:45 PM

CHICO, Calif. - On Monday, Assemblyman James Gallagher’s joined Action News Now Anchor Hayley Watts to discuss his hopes for a new bill that would define social media platforms as "public forums."

AB 1114, authored by Gallagher (R-Yuba City), and Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin), would apply the First Amendment protections to social media platforms.

It would prevent social media platforms from removing or manipulating any content unless it was unprotected speech under the First Amendment.

That includes speech that threatens others or threatens to infringe on other people's rights.

Platforms would still be able to remove pornography, incitements to violence, and obscenities.

“Social Media platforms are today’s version of a public square," Assemblyman Gallagher said in a statement. "User’s speech on these platforms should be protected under the First Amendment just like it would if they were speaking in a public space. Canceling people and views, in addition to being Orwellian, is contributing to further polarization in our politics today."

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