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2 More Senate Judiciary Proposals Giving False Hope on Digital Safety

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will consider 2 additional proposals riddled with constitutional and digital privacy issues: the STOP CSAM Act and the Cooper Davis Act.  

As previously noted, under existing law, any website that finds child sexual abuse material (CSAM) must take it down and report it to NCMEC or face liability. Additionally, websites and social media businesses are voluntarily looking for CSAM and reporting it to NCMEC. In just 6 months, social media companies reported over 51 million instances of CSAM. 

Congress doesn’t need to give federal agencies more power to target these issues as these bills would do.  

“Social media companies are incentivized to keep their users safe. If they don’t, they will lose customers. While these bills were proposed with very good intentions, they fail to address the core of the problem lawmakers are trying to solve: keeping young people safe online,” said NetChoice Vice President & General Counsel Carl Szabo. “Instead of targeting tools and innovators, lawmakers should be focusing on targeting the child predators and bad actors who are abusing online services.” 

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