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Congress Must Continue to Crack Down on Government Officials Pressuring Content Moderation Decisions

WASHINGTON—Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology is holding a hearing on “Preserving Free Speech and Reining in Big Tech Censorship.”

“NetChoice has repeatedly applauded House Republicans for investigating government interference with online free speech,” said NetChoice Vice President & General Counsel Carl Szabo. “The focus should be on stopping government pressure—not giving the government even more power to control what private businesses do.” 

“There are many social media companies available for Americans to use today. And the First Amendment protects each social media company—including Rumble and Truth Social—from government mandates for content moderation.” Szabo continued. “The problem emerges when government officials use their power to pressure social media companies to make specific content decisions. Congress must continue to crack down on these actions from government officials, rather than infringing on First Amendment protections.” 

Read more about government efforts to pressure online speech here and how the First Amendment protects online content moderation here.

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