Congress Extends Free Speech Right!

Posted: September 19, 2016 by Nazim in Free Speech


Since our nation’s inception, we’ve enshrined our ability to complain as a fundamental right that the government cannot deny, except when it can. Congress, in its infinite wisdom, is extending this right to the private sector: out ability to review stuff on Yelp or Amazon or anywhere else without fear of reprisal will (hopefully) soon be protected by federal law.

Not only do many terms of service expressly forbid bad reviews, companies have even sued over bad reviews. Plenty of detail on the Consumerist. And a small nod to Congress for doing a good thing: the bill passed the House last week, and it normally would proceed to the Senate, but the Senate already passed a similar version of the same bill last year, so it just has to go through a reconciliation committee which should merge the two bills, and send it off to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

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