Content Moderation

07/26/2019

NetChoice Opposes Introduction of Stop Censorship Act

Carl Szabo
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

Today, Reps. Gosar (R-AZ), Meadows (R-NC), and King (R-IA)
introduced the Stop Censorship Act. The bill would make
platforms liable for all content if they remove “legal but otherwise
objectionable” content, effectively banning platforms from removing extreme
political content and misinformation.

“This bill effectively forces platforms to host harmful content like misinformation, radicalization, deep fakes, and racism.”

said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel of NetChoice.

“Even though the bill claims to allow moderation of adult content, spam, and bots, without text it’s likely these exemptions won’t allow for necessary content moderation that keeps consumers safe online.”

“The bill would prevent platforms from removing extreme content including from groups that support white supremacism and antisemitism.”

“This bill won’t help conservatives but would undermine conservative values by giving government greater control over online speech.”

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