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Newly Proposed Bill Aims To Protect Free Speech On Social Media

Two California lawmakers are working to protect free speech on social media.

Assemblymen James Gallagher and Kevin Kiley have co-authored a bill, which would prevent Facebook, Twitter or YouTube from removing or manipulating any content unless it's unprotected speech under the First Amendment. McGeorge School of Law professor Leslie Jacobs says under the U.S. Constitution, social media platforms are treated as private entities that have their own free speech rights. That means the California legislature can't declare that those platforms have to accept content if they don't want to.

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