Poland fights censorship of Big Tech with legislation that would impose $13.5 M in fines

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© Wojciech Wojda Deputy Polish Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta

In Poland, where people still remember what it like to be spied on and controlled by hostile government bureaucrats, social media censorship by big leftist tech companies is getting a cool reception.

Companies that censor users or remove posts that oppose their political agendas could soon face fines there, the first attempt worldwide to curb the tyranny of Big Tech through legislation, reports FOX News.

The architect of the law, Deputy Polish Justice Minister Sebastian Kaleta, told Fox News that social media companies have begun openly targeting conservatives, Christianity and traditional values by banning users and removing posts and the Polish government is saying “enough.”

“We see that when Big Tech decides to remove content for political purposes, it’s mostly content which praises traditional values or praises conservatism,” he said, “and it is deleted under their ‘hate speech policy’ when it has no legal right to do so.”

The new legislation would mean a $13.5 million fine for any platform that bans a user over content unless the content is also illegal under Polish law. An arbitration panel would resolve disputes.

Tech companies are deciding what is legal and what is not, Kaleta said, and that is not their role.

“Freedom of speech is not something that anonymous moderators working for private companies should decide,” he said. “Instead, that is for the national body; duly elected officials and all industries, car, phones, finance — were unregulated till they grew too large — the same should happen with Big Tech.”

He added that the outrageous removal of former U.S. President Donald Trump from social media platforms was an obvious, major example of Big Tech overreach.

 

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