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NetChoice Objects to Reforms to Section 230 Found in the SAFE TECH Act

Today, NetChoice objected to statutory overhauls found in the Safeguarding Against Fraud, Exploitation, Threats, Extremism, and Consumer Harms Act or the “SAFE TECH Act” sponsored by Sens. Warner (D-VA), Hirono (D-HI), and Klobuchar (D-MN). 

“Despite looking like a series of targeted reforms, the SAFE TECH Act guts Section 230 to ensure that most websites do not receive the benefits of the law as they do today with only a few websites privileged enough to afford some of these liability protections after expensive, multi-year litigation,” said Carl Szabo, Vice President and General Counsel of NetChoice.

“Not only would the bill chill free speech on the internet, it would also revoke Section 230 protections for all e-commerce marketplaces like Etsy, meaning small sellers across the country would lose access to customers all over the world at a time when entrepreneurs need that access most.”