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House panel denies Rutledge’s effort to oblige social media

Groups including the Arkansas Press Association and NetChoice — a trade association whose members include Amazon, Google and TikTok — have argued that HB1647 is unconstitutional and would be struck down by the courts.

“This bill would allow the government to compel social media platforms to host certain kinds of speech, even they don’t agree with the speech, even if the speech conflicts with their personal values and even if the speech hurts their business model,” said Chris Marchese, a lobbyist for NetChoice.