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Senator Wants Facebook, Google to Face Suits If They Show Bias

  • Proposal echoes President Trump’s allegations of liberal bias
  • Companies say there is no evidence their platforms lean left

Technology platforms such as Facebook Inc. and Google’s YouTube could face a flood of lawsuits unless they can demonstrate their treatment of users’ content is politically neutral, under a measure that U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s office said he would offer Wednesday.

The proposal by the Missouri Republican reflects allegations by others in his party, including President Donald Trump, that the platforms are biased against conservative opinion. His bill would strip large tech companies of legal immunity for user-generated content unless the platforms can show their content-moderation practices have no political tilt.