ICYMI: The Washington Times credits Sen. Cruz with Solving ‘the Bipartisan Puzzle in Senate’s Effort to Regulate Big Tech’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In Case You Missed It: The Washington Times’ Tim Constantine credited U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) with solving the “Bipartisan Puzzle” to address free speech issues in the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA).
“One of the big issues of 2022 is that Big Tech has developed an effective monopoly over the way news content is distributed online and, in turn, is able to control what news Americans can see.
“Mr. Cruz conditioned his support for JCPA on the inclusion of meaningful protections and prohibitions against censorship. The bill is intended to let newspapers and broadcasters work with other newspapers and broadcasters to negotiate with big tech outfits like Google on revenue streams. Mr. Cruz was concerned that it would also allow Big Tech and the media to negotiate on content.
“The inclusion of language that prohibits online censorship by Big Tech is a landmark accomplishment. The language specifically bars content negotiations and bars them from being protected by the bill’s antitrust exemption. It took senators and staff from both parties to achieve and required a vision beyond typical partisan politics.”
Read the full opinion here.