Washington, D.C. – Today, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) introduced the Political BIAS Emails Act to end Big Tech’s use of biased algorithms that filter political emails. This bill would also increase transparency on their filtering practices by requiring operators of email services to produce quarterly transparency reports.
Leader McCarthy released the following statement on the Political BIAS Emails Act:
“Today’s Big Tech behemoths were once the gold standard of entrepreneurism and innovation, and offered space for the First Amendment to live freely. But over the years, these platforms abandoned these First Amendment principles and have instead chosen to use their immense power to pick a side in our country’s political discourse.
“Researchers from North Carolina State University recently found that nearly 70 percent of emails from candidates registered with the Republican Party were sent to spam email boxes by Google, compared to less than 1 in 10 from Democrat candidates from 2019 to 2020. Given Gmail holds over 50 percent of the email market in the U.S., about 130.9 million Americans are impacted by Google’s attempt to silence Republicans.
“With this bill, Republicans are fighting back against Big Tech’s discriminatory infiltration into our political discourse, and will continue to take on Big Tech whenever and wherever they silence political speech.”
Note: Reps. Tom Emmer (MN-06), Drew Ferguson (GA-03), and Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) are cosponsors of this bill. For more information, click HERE.