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Ohio House Republicans push bill targeting tech censorship

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Tero Vesalainen

Ohio House Republicans are pushing a bill to target what they say is censorship of conservative viewpoints by social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook.

Republican Representatives Scott Wiggam of Wooster and Representatives Al Cutrona of suburban Youngstown are sponsoring the legislation. They say it will prevent big tech companies from engaging in viewpoint discrimination without violating the First Amendment right to free expression.

The measure is drawing criticism from both conservatives and free speech advocates such as the American Civil Liberties Union.

Federal judges have struck down similar laws in Florida and Texas.