Entries by Rob Winterton

Democrats Scoff at Facebook Fine

Politico Morning Tech DEMS: $5B FACEBOOK FINE NOT CUTTING IT — Fans of the $5 billion FTC settlement with Facebook leaked late Friday are striving to present it as a wise and just punishment; the trade association NetChoice, which counts Facebook as a member, tried to spread the hashtag “#ThatsGonnaLeaveAMark.” But the settlement in the privacy and data-handling probe, sparked […]

Sen. Hawley’s “Bias” Bill Would Let the Government Decide Who Speaks

EFF What does “in a manner that is biased against a political party, political candidate, or political viewpoint” mean, exactly? Would platforms be forced to host propaganda from hate groups and punished for doing anything to let users hide posts from the KKK that express its political viewpoints? Would a site catering to certain religious beliefs be […]

Senator Hawley Proposes Law To Force Internet Companies To Beg The FTC For Permission To Host Content

TechDirt Hawley has set up a purposefully impossible standard. As we’ve pointed out, many people still insist that Twitter deciding to kick off literal Nazis is “evidence” of anti-conservative bias. As NetChoice points out, Hawley’s bill would require sites to host KKK propaganda just in order to obtain basic liability protections.

Pelosi Blasts Facebook for Enabling Russian Election Interference — Owns Around $1M in Company’s Stock

Independent Journal Review E-commerce association NetChoice responded to Pelosi’s “false and over-the-top” accusation, claiming that her comments were politically driven. “Speaker Pelosi’s accusation that Facebook is a ‘willing enabler’ of Russian interference in our elections is completely false and appears to be an attempt to use an important national discussion for her own political gamesmanship,” […]

Don’t want your online data tracked? You could sign up for a list under Hawley’s bill

Kansas City Star “By preventing the use of interest-based ads, this bill will result in more ads, more paywalls, and less content,” said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel of NetChoice, a group that represents the tech industry. “Sen. Hawley’s bill undermines small online businesses trying to compete with large incumbents by preventing them from making […]

NetChoice Response to Sen. Warren’s Medium Post “Here’s how we can break up Big Tech”

NetChoice Response to Sen. Warren’s Medium Post “Here’s how we can break up Big Tech” Consumers and Small Businesses would lose from Sen. Warren’s proposal to break-up Amazon, Facebook, and Google Senator Warren’s new draconian attack on tech threatens to throttle innovation, kneecap user experience, increase prices for goods, and threaten America’s leadership in tech. It seems […]

The British Are Coming — And This Time It’s for the 4th Amendment

The British Are Coming — And This Time It’s for the 4th Amendment Only weeks ago, the British government undermined our judicial process and attacked an American company. While this may sound like front page news, almost no one reported the violation of due process or came to the defense of this company — Facebook. American company Six4Three has […]

Tax Notes – Concern Builds That Congress Could Act on Wayfair in Must-Pass Bill

Tax Notes – Concern Builds That Congress Could Act on Wayfair in Must-Pass Bill Davison, Wayfair Inc.’s counsel George Isaacson of Brann & Isaacson, and Steve DelBianco of NetChoice initially met with the MTC in July to discuss industry’s proposal for federal legislation that would put conditions on the implementation of Wayfair. The discussions continued […]