Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives big tech companies special immunity from prosecution for things posted on their platforms. Since they received this immunity from the government, 63% of voters believe they should they be required to abide by the 1st Amendment guarantee of free speech.
A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 13% disagree and 23% are not sure.
Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans believe the tech companies should be bound by the 1st Amendment. So do 57% of Democrats and 52% of Independents.
Among those who say social media is Very Important in their life, 75% want to see the tech giants required to provide free speech guarantees.
The survey also found that 61% of voters believe social media companies have an obligation to make positive contributions to our civic life.
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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.
The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen on June 24-27, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.