Content Moderation

04/10/2019

NetChoice Raises Concerns About Attacks on Platforms’ Ability to Remove Content

Today, NetChoice raised concerns about suggestions made by members
of the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee that government should prevent online platforms from removing content they find objectionable ahead of today’s hearing, “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse”.

“If we prevent online platforms from removing objectionable
content, we risk turning online platforms into 8-Chan,” said Carl Szabo,
General Counsel for NetChoice. “Section 230 was specifically created to enable private platforms to remove offensive content.”

“Online platforms have bolstered conservative speech in public
discourse, empowering modern conservative thought leaders such as Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson, and Blaire White,” continued Szabo.

“Sen. Cruz is a smart lawyer who surely wants online platforms to
remove violent and hateful content, so he’s not really looking to apply the
first amendment to private parties.” said Steve DelBianco, President of
NetChoice. “Sen. Cruz just wants assurances that online platforms are not
curtailing conservative speech. We look forward to today’s witnesses giving him those assurances.”

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