Republicans have a new tool to fight deplatforming: common carriage laws

After four years of hearings and publisher complaints, Republicans have gotten awfully quiet about Section 230. Prominent conservatives may still tweet in all caps to repeal the law when they’re pissed at Facebook, but it’s no longer the only solution they’re talking about.

Part of the shift is by necessity. With Democrats in control of Congress, Republicans no longer have a clear path to changing the law, and it’s become clear the two parties want totally different things when it comes to reform (fixing misinformation and blocking censorship, respectively). And while Section 230 works well as a threat against tech companies, actually changing the law is so delicate that it isn’t a particularly good way to keep companies from…

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