Hawley’s plan to regulate social-media giants draws muted response on Capitol Hill

Representative Justin Amash (R., Mich.), a frequent thorn in his caucus’s side, tweeted that the bill is “a sweetheart deal for Big Government. It empowers the one entity that should have no say over our speech to regulate and influence what we say online.” But only one of more than a dozen Republican senators contacted by National Review expressed any criticism of Hawley’s legislation: Nebraska’s Ben Sasse, who “is not a co-sponsor of this government-control approach and has concerns that this could open the door to the left for a new government Fairness Doctrine,” his spokesman, James Wegmann, tells National Review.

“My gut reaction is it’s a pretty blunt instrument. But I’m going to take a look at it,” says John Kennedy of Louisiana.

“I haven’t read the details of the bill, but it’s a topic you’re going to continue to hear a lot about as these platforms perform editorial functions,” says Marco Rubio of Florida. “The question is: Should they be treated as newspapers or just platforms?”