Utah Lawmakers use Tax Threats To Force Social Media Companies To The Negotiating Table

Legislators engaged on proposal to manage social media regardless of authorized hurdles.(Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  Sen. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, is pushing a invoice to manage how social media moderates content material, however these corporations had been refusing to barter with him.

  | Sep. 21, 2021, 11:32 p.m.

When a controversial social media regulation invoice handed by Utah lawmakers was vetoed by Gov. Spencer Cox earlier this yr, it was with an understanding that these social media corporations would interact in good religion discussions on their moderation and person ban practices. 

That hasn’t occurred and lawmakers are clearly pissed off by a scarcity of communication.

Within the 2021 session, lawmakers narrowly accepted SB228, which sought to guard Utah customers from what was described as “unfair” moderation practices by social media corporations. 

The invoice’s sponsor, Sen. Mike McKell, R-Spanish Fork, proposed a requirement for social media corporations to obviously element their moderation practices and notify Utah account holders when one thing they posted was eliminated and why. The proposal additionally required an appeals course of for customers who had content material eliminated and imposed a $1,000 advantageous per occasion if the Utah Lawyer Basic determined to take motion.

Regardless of a number of warnings from business teams and specialists that the proposal ran afoul of federal regulation and the First Modification, the invoice handed only to see Cox issue a veto for “technical reasons.”

“Once we agreed to that veto,

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