Blake Masters hopes to target Big Tech in Senate but is ‘pessimistic’ bills will be signed under Biden

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AVENTURA, FL. – US Senate GOP candidate Blake Masters has bold ambitions about how he wants to fight Big Tech, but acknowledged his pessimism that anything can be done under President Biden.

Masters, seeking to expel Democratic Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona, called for the “abomination or major reform” of Section 230, which gives tech companies legal protection against contests shared on their platforms by third parties.

“These companies shouldn’t get immunity from lawsuits – they’re not neutral platforms, of course. They’re publishers because they’re editorial, they censor content, they put their thumbs on the scale. But I think we need to go that much further.” Blake told TBEN News Digital in an interview. “We should be treating them like regular carriers, right? Control Facebook and Twitter the same way you control the phone company, you just banned political discrimination. And if they don’t behave after that, you might be using antitrust to break some of them.” upwards.”

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Blake Masters, US Senate candidate from Arizona, spoke to TBEN News Digital at the National Conservatism conference in Aventura, Florida, on September 11, 2022.
(Joseph A. Wulfsohn/TBEN News Digital)

Masters then highlighted Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comments to Joe Rogan about how the FBI approached Facebook to warn them of “Russian disinformation” in the 2020 presidential election ahead of the New York Post bombing report on Hunter Biden’s laptop. , which was suppressed by the platform .

“You can’t make Big Tech and Big Government work together to change the outcome of an election,” Masters said.

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The US Senate is up for grabs ahead of the November midterms with the current 50-50 split. Even if Republicans overthrow Congress, their chances of passing the 60-vote threshold in the Senate to pass legislation are slim, let alone pass a bill to fight Big Tech that Biden would sign.

When it came to pushing what kind of legislation could get not only the backing of the Democrats but the signature of the president, Masters looked to 2024 as the solution.

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“You can see I’m very pessimistic that Biden would sign any good bill we put to him, but we’ll try. We’ll try hard,” Masters told TBEN News Digital. “And it’s going to be frustrating in 2023 and 2024 because we could probably get a lot of good legislation out of Congress, put it on Biden’s desk. He’s not going to sign it, is he?”

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He continued: “We’re doing our best, we’re going in — we’re blocking his agenda and we’re using those two years to be offensive because the Republicans are going to take back the White House in 2024.”

Blake Masters, US Senate candidate from Arizona, spoke to Fox News Digital at the National Conservatism conference in Aventura, Florida, on September 11, 2022.

Blake Masters, US Senate candidate from Arizona, spoke to TBEN News Digital at the National Conservatism conference in Aventura, Florida, on September 11, 2022.
(Joseph A. Wulfsohn/TBEN News Digital)

The Arizona Senate race has tightened in recent weeks with Masters currently four points behind Kelly according to the RealClearPolitics poll average. Republicans hope to color the Senate seat red and regain the majority.

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Masters got a big boost with former President Trump’s endorsement in a crowded GOP primary, earning more than 40% of the vote.

Andrew Kugle and Haris Alic of TBEN News contributed to this report.