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Tech industry slams GOP senator’s bill that would hold companies liable for user-posted content

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A Facebook spokesman also pointed at a statement provided by NetChoice, a trade association focused on e-commerce businesses whose members include Facebook, Twitter and Google.

“This bill prevents social media websites from removing dangerous and hateful content, since that could make them liable for lawsuits over any user’s posting,” said Carl Szabo, general counsel at NetChoice, in a statement. “Sen. Hawley’s bill creates an internet where content from the KKK would display alongside our family photos and cat videos.”

Tech industry slams Josh Hawley’s bill targeting internet bias, censorship

The Washington Times

“This bill prevents social media websites from removing dangerous and hateful content, since that could make them liable for lawsuits over any user’s posting,” said Carl Szabo, general counsel at NetChoice, whose members include Facebook, Google and Twitter.

Sen. Hawley’s bill creates an internet where content from the KKK would display alongside our family photos and cat videos,” he said in a statement.

‘Deepfake’ dilemma

Politico

Opinion on earth: “For antitech activists, no fine is too high — even $5 billion from Facebook,” writes Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at NetChoice.

Tech turns to K Street in antitrust fight

The Hill

Enlisting help from the influence world will be critical to helping fight off that threat, K Street watchers told The Hill.

“Washington likes to control anything that’s important, and today that includes online platforms,” Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at NetChoice, a trade association of e-commerce businesses, said.

“Silicon Valley has woken up to this reality and is hiring accordingly. This is the normal path of any business as it grows.”

News publishers seize moment as Congress amps up tech scrutiny

Politico

The committee should “avoid creating a political platform for aggrieved industries and companies to complain about their competitors,” said Billy Easley, policy analyst for Americans for Prosperity, the Koch network’s policy and political arm. Carl Szabo of e-commerce trade group NetChoice, which counts Google and Facebook as members, blasted the hearing as “an attack on social media by big media companies upset that they no longer control our news and views.”

Antitrust Probe Starts Today With Focus On Big Tech’s Profits From News

Forbes

Rather optimistically, perhaps, e-commerce trade association NetChoice is attempting to portray the internet giants as underdogs being bullied by the media.

“Big media is showing its true colors by supporting antitrust exemptions for themselves, while demanding tougher antitrust enforcement on tech businesses,” says NetChoice vice president and general counsel Carl Szabo.

“Rather than looking for government to tear down tech businesses, big media should follow tech’s lead and innovate so they are more competitive.”

Tech Companies To Be Investigated With An “Open Mind”

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While most tech giants welcome regulation, they disagree that they are a monopoly. Most of these companies have been preparing for this investigation for a while, putting up a team of lawyers and policymakers to present their side of the story. The industry group NetChoice has sided with the internet giants and says that today’s hearing is an attempt by the big media to take government’s assistance to help them survive instead of innovating like social media companies.

Antitrust Hearings on the Hill

Politico Morning Tech

Americans for Prosperity’s Billy Easley said the committee should “avoid creating a political platform for aggrieved industries and companies to complain about their competitors.” And Carl Szabo of e-commerce trade group NetChoice blasted the hearing as “an attack on social media by big media companies upset that they no longer control our news and views.” Committee leaders, however, are standing by the session. “This is not, from my perspective, a beat-up of any one particular industry,” House Judiciary ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) told Cristiano, adding that the hearing will explore “a real concern that’s being discussed out in the world.”

Big Tech Break-Up Could Be a Messy Affair

Wall Street Journal

On June 6, 2019, Gene Kimmelman, CEO of Public Knowledge and Carl Szabo VP of NetChoice, discuss the possibility of a Big Tech antitrust push by Congress against Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Congress takes on Big Tech in hearing on anti-competitive behavior among digital giants

CNBC

One key industry group is already pushing back against the probe. NetChoice represents e-commerce giants ranging from Alibaba to Google to Travelocity and slammed Tuesday’s hearing as an attack on social media by legacy media.

“Big media is struggling to dominate again as they did before the internet,” said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at NetChoice. “Rather than looking for government to tear down tech businesses, big media should follow tech’s lead and innovate so they are more competitive.”

Congressional listening to takes on antitrust habits amongst digital giants

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One key business group is already pushing again in opposition to the probe. NetChoice represents e-commerce giants starting from Alibaba to Google to Travelocity and slammed Tuesday’s listening to as an assault on social media by legacy media.

“Huge media is struggling to dominate once more as they did earlier than the web,” mentioned Carl Szabo, vp and basic counsel at NetChoice. “Somewhat than in search of authorities to tear down tech companies, massive media ought to observe tech’s lead and innovate so they’re extra aggressive.”

Congress takes on Big Tech in hearing on anti-competitive behavior among digital giants

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One key industry group is already pushing back against the probe. NetChoice represents e-commerce giants ranging from Alibaba to Google to Travelocity and slammed Tuesday’s hearing as an attack on social media by legacy media.

“Big media is struggling to dominate again as they did before the internet,” said Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel at NetChoice. “Rather than looking for government to tear down tech businesses, big media should follow tech’s lead and innovate so they are more competitive.”

Tech giants under fire: Is antitrust action the answer?

Mercury News

NetChoice, an e-commerce trade group, slammed the reported antitrust investigations.

“Pointless antitrust attacks on American businesses risk stalling out America’s tech leadership as competition from China is fiercer than ever before,” said Carl Szabo, NetChoice vice president and general counsel, in a statement.

Google has spent millions wooing friends in D.C. — but will they save them in an antitrust fight?

Politico

NetChoice, one tech industry group that counts Google as a member, defended the company amid the reports of potential DOJ scrutiny, predicting this probe would fizzle as well.

“Back in 2013, the FTC looked at Google and realized that there’s no ‘there’ there,” said Carl Szabo, the group’s general counsel. “So now I guess it’s DOJ’s turn to realize that there’s no ‘there’ there.”

Silicon Valley in the crosshairs: Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple face bipartisan onslaught

Fox News

“The Justice Department’s investigation of Google will come to the same conclusion as the FTC’s did in 2013 — that there is no antitrust case,” said Carl Szabo, VP of NetChoice, an e-commerce trade association, in a statement to Fox News. “It’s illogical that the DOJ is investigating competitors in the same market for monopoly behavior. Amazon, Apple, and Google all compete with each other in a vibrant and competitive marketplace.”

Antitrust tech crusade will destroy trust in government and innovation

The Center Square

In a recent piece, NetChoice’s Carl Szabo implores bureaucrats to consider the local greeting card store. Szabo argues that, “A decade ago this business could barely afford to place an ad in a local newspaper, let alone on TV or radio. But for less than $10 spent with online platforms, this small business can reach thousands of potential customers, and target them more accurately than ever too.”

Pelosi: FB a Russia ‘enabler,’ keeps $1M in stocks

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NetChoice Vice President Carl Szabo – whose company is part of an association of Internet companies that includes Facebook – condemned Pelosi’s recent rant against the social media giant, calling her accusation “false and over-the-top.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s accusation that Facebook is a ‘willing enabler’ of Russian interference in our elections is completely false and appears to be an attempt to use an important national discussion for her own political gamesmanship,” Szabo commented, according to the Beacon. “[It appears that Pelosi’s true motive is] to frighten platforms into removing any content she feels is unflattering.”

The Importance of Balancing Privacy with Innovation, Consumer Benefits, and Other Rights in the FTC’s Approach to Consumer Data Privacy

Mercatus Center

These preferences can vary dramatically, and most Americans do not find themselves trapped by the data-driven websites; they choose to participate because they find those services beneficial. According to Zogby polling data conducted for NetChoice, 42 percent prefer targeted ads based on data collection to nontargeted ads. Americans also find themselves willing and able to leave platforms they no longer find beneficial, with 43 percent of participants in the same survey saying they had left a social media platform at some point. While only a small percentage chose to leave because of changes in a privacy policy, consumers nonetheless make choices when it comes to data-driven services.

Pelosi Attacks Facebook As ‘Willing Enabler’ of Russia, Still Owns Up to $1 Million In Company Stock

Washington Free Beacon

NetChoice, an association of internet companies including Facebook, objected to Pelosi’s “false and over-the-top” accusation.

“Speaker Pelosi’s accusation that Facebook is a ‘willing enabler’ of Russian interference in our elections is completely false and appears to be an attempt to use an important national discussion for her own political gamesmanship,” said Carl Szabo, the group’s vice president.

Szabo also said Pelosi’s true aim appeared to be “to frighten platforms into removing any content she feels is unflattering.”

Big Tech Fires Back at Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Break Up’ Billboard

Inside Sources

But a Big Tech trade group representing e-commerce businesses — NetChoice — called Warren’s billboard a “populist rant” without substance.

“I think what we’re starting to see is weaponization of antitrust law,” Carl Szabo, vice president and general counsel for NetChoice, told InsideSources. “We have over 100 years of antitrust law and enforcement and it’s always done on an objective base. You look at the market and competition and anticompetitive activities and then you do your conclusion. What we’re hearing from people like Elizabeth Warren is they want to move to a subjective test: ‘I don’t like that business, therefore it should be broken up.’ What’s ironic is in their efforts to allegedly protect consumers, many of the calls we’ve heard to break up tech would harm [consumers].”