— The remarks drew swift repudiation from tech industry groups. NetChoice Vice President Carl Szabo said he is “blown away that leaders of the conservative movement want increased government regulation of business and increased government regulation of free speech.” And the libertarian-leaning TechFreedom tweeted that in “suggesting government meddle in a private companies business,” Hawley was taking a stance that “true conservatives are against.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, NetChoice commended the Trump Administration for including Article 19.17 in the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA contains language from the Communications Decency Act that allows online platforms to engage in good faith content moderation efforts without being subjected to legal liability.
“When it comes to our digital economy, USMCA puts America first,” said Steve DelBianco, President of NetChoice. “Online platform protections make the United States a world leader in tech and innovation, Canada and Mexico will surely benefit from emulating these platform protections.”
Bartlett Cleland, General Counsel and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
Jesse Blumenthal, Director of Technology and Innovation at the Charles Koch Institute
Phil Kerpen, President of American Commitment
Seton Motley, President of Less Government
December 5th, 2018
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20515
Lunch will be provided.
Some conservatives are expressing concern that online social media platforms are using content moderation as an excuse to suppress conservative news and views.
Former Attorney General Sessions convened a meeting of state Attorneys General on September 25 to discuss what the Department of Justice could do about political bias in content moderation.
On the other hand, many conservatives believe using government to regulate online content moderation clashes with core conservative principles and with the first amendment.
Conservatives note that Administration pressure on platforms today could backfire when a future Democratic president uses those same tactics against conservative news and views.
*This event is considered a widely attended event by Congressional ethics rules*
— Industry rebuttal: “When President Trump says he would regulate online platforms for alleged anti-conservative bias, he really means he would suppress free expression,” NetChoice president Steve DelBianco said in a statement. “Government suppression of negative news and views about the President would blatantly violate the constitution.” And the libertarian TechFreedom group tweeted that “Principled conservatives and liberals should unite against Trump’s attempts to create a Fairness Doctrine for the Internet as a sword for government meddling in social media.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, NetChoice warned President Trump that heavy-handed regulations on tech platforms is out-of-step with his electorate.
“When President Trump says he would regulate online platforms for alleged anti-conservative bias, he really means he would suppress free expression,” said Steve DelBianco, President of NetChoice. “Government suppression of negative news and views about the President would blatantly violate the constitution.”
“Other policy proposals being thrown out by beltway pundits and think tanks are even more unpopular,” continued DelBianco. “Whether it’s competition and antitrust, advertising or parental controls, Americans overwhelmingly oppose government intervention in tech. 90% of Americans don’t think the government should block tech company acquisitions and 95% think the government should not focus on trying to break them up.”
NetChoice’s comments follow statements made by President Trump during a press briefing on the results of yesterday’s Midterm Election.
Learn more about NetChoice’s recent poll at netchoice.org/techlashpoll.
The tech industry’s reputation has taken several hits in recent years over privacy breaches, allegations of bias, and concerns over election interference, causing a backlash in public opinion. But exactly how severe in this “techlash” among American consumers? What do they think government’s role should be in regulating the sector? A recent NetChoice poll attempts to answer these questions. The organization’s president and CEO, Steve DelBianco, joins the show to discuss the poll’s results.
It looks like it’s going to be a tough mid-term for Republicans. And if beltway Republicans keep-up their attack on Google and Facebook, new polling shows reelection may be even tougher.
Some Congressional Republicans think demonizing Silicon Valley is their key to mobilizing grassroots and voters. The tech industry leans liberal and is largely based in California. The thinking of some Republican strategists goes that this makes big tech a perfect target for Republican attacks.
This thinking has led to new calls for federal regulation of internet companies by otherwise limited government Republicans. But Republican voters overwhelmingly value big tech platforms and oppose government intervention in the tech industry.
Washington D.C., September 25 – Today, NetChoice called on members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transport Committee to resist imposing heavy-handed regulations on online platforms. The hearing, “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy” will take place on Wednesday, September 24th. New polling from NetChoice and Zogby Analytics shows Americans have little appetite for heavy-handed government regulation of tech platforms.
“Congress should listen to Americans and resist the temptation to overregulate tech platforms,” said Steve DelBianco, President of NetChoice. “The vast majority (71%) of Americans prefer that advertising continues to pay for their free online services. Heavy-handed regulation could undermine the business models Americans want and would lead to fewer services and more paywalls.”
“Don’t interrupt the online experiences and innovation that Americans enjoy,” continued DelBianco. “Americans have no appetite for heavy-handed government regulations, and Congress should listen to them.”
*About the Survey: From August 6-8, 2018 Zogby Analytics conducted an interactive survey of 1,222 adults focused on consumer attitudes toward Internet platforms and government regulation. The survey, commissioned by NetChoice, has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. More information can be found at netchoice.org/TechLashPoll.
NetChoice is a trade association of eCommerce businesses who share the goal of promoting convenience, choice, and commerce on the net.