Content Moderation

09/18/2019

Murky GOP bill aims to stop ‘censorship’ by tech companies

NetChoice
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

The bill is strongly opposed by NetChoice, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that brands itself as

“a trade association of businesses who share the goal of promoting free speech and free enterprise on the net.”

Carl Szabo, the group’s vice president and general counsel, said passage of the bill would likely lead to companies ceasing “content moderation,” essentially opening up users to the potential for increased harassment, and would violate the First Amendment.

“It’s injecting government into private contract and private business,” Szabo said. “It has unintended consequences that we will begin to see. And fortunately, it’s unnecessary.”

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