102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2021 and 2022
Introduced 10/19/2021, by Rep. Chris Miller
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Stop Social Media Censorship Act. Provides that the owner
or operator of a social media website that censors or deletes a user's
religious or political speech is subject to a private right of action by
certain social media website users in this State. Authorizes the recovery
of actual damages, statutory damages, and punitive damages. Provides for
the award of reasonable attorney's fees and costs. Prohibits a social
media website from using alleged hate speech as a defense. Authorizes the
Attorney General to bring an action on behalf of social media website
users. Defines terms. Effective July 1, 2021.
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AN ACT concerning civil law.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Social Media Censorship Act.
In this Act:
"Algorithm" means a set of instructions designed to
perform a specific task.
"Hate speech" means a phrase concerning content that an
individual finds offensive based on his or her personal moral
"Obscene" means that an average person applying
contemporary community standards would find that, taken as a
whole, the dominant theme of the material appeals to prurient
"Political speech" means speech relating to the State,
government, body politic, or public administration as it
relates to governmental policymaking. The term includes speech
by the government or a candidate for office and any discussion
of social issues. The term does not include speech concerning
the administration, law, or civil aspects of government.
"Religious speech" means a set of unproven answers, truth
claims, faith-based assumptions, and naked assertions that