Barr claims social media platforms ‘censoring particular viewpoints and putting their own content in there’ – Fox News

Attorney General William Barr told "Special Report" in the second part of an exclusive interview that aired Tuesday that he believes social media platforms are"engaged in censorship" and areacting more like "publishers".

"So you think these [social media] firms are somehow censoring the president and his supporters?" host Bret Baier asked Barr.

"I think there are --clearly these, these entities are now engaged in censorship," Barr responded. "And they originally held themselves out as open forums where people, where the third parties could come and express their views and they built up a tremendous network of eyeballs.

"They had a lot of market power based on thatpresentation," the attorney general added. "And now they are acting much more like publishers because they're censoring particular viewpoints and putting their own content in there to to diminish the impact of various people's views."

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Two days later, the president signed an executive order that interprets Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 as not providing statutory liability protections for tech companies that engage in censorship and political conduct. It also cuts federal funding for social media platforms that censor users' political views.

Baier asked Barr if he was taking "some action" on the issue.

"We are looking, as many others are, at changing Section 230, which is a rule that provides some protection for these companies..." Barr said.

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"Which requires Congress?" Baier interjected.

"Which would require Congress," Barr said. "Yes."

Fox News' Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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