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Republicans aren’t defending free speech online — they’re attacking it

On Wednesday, the Department of Justice and Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, announced their separate but similar plans to gut Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act — the law that allows for the existence of social media as we know it.

Conservatives claim that these proposals will defend their political speech online, yet, by using government power to force websites to host speech they don’t want to, these Republicans are fundamentally undermining free speech on the Internet and the First Amendment.