Free speech absolutist Republican who is the author of a bill that would fine government officials and employees up to $10,000 if they attempt to censor people on social media has turned off his Facebook comments after allegations of child abuse.
Rep. Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers) turned off comments on his official Facebook page this week after the Green Bay Press-Gazette revealed on Wednesday that the Green Bay Police Department had recommended he be charged for child abuse in 2013 but the Brown County District Attorney never filed charges.
After the report was published, Sortwell, who is is the author of Assembly Bill 590, which would fine government officials and employees up to $10,000 if they attempt to censor people on social media turned off comments on his facebook
“This bill prohibits state agency employees and state elected officials from influencing or attempting to influence a social media Internet site to censor, deplatform, or shadow ban users on the social media Internet site,” the bill by Sortwell states.
The Press-Gazette report found that Sortwell and his wife were investigated by the Green Bay police after a family member found bruises on one of their children while giving him a bath. Sortwell told officers he and his wife often struck their child with objects when he was being “defiant” because they are commanded to in the Bible.