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IA Statement on Communications and Technology Subcommittee Hearing

Washington, D.C. – Today, IA President and CEO K. Dane Snowden released the following statement after the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on proposed legislation:

“Today’s hearing highlighted many challenges, but the proposals examined by the subcommittee impact the entire internet ecosystem and are problematic. While we all share the ultimate goal of protecting consumers and ensuring platforms are safe, open places for users, these proposals only make it harder for internet companies to prevent or take down harmful content. 

“Algorithmic innovation and Section 230 protections are critical to providing the best possible user experience. Disrupting internet companies’ ability to utilize these important tools could ultimately provide bad actors with a roadmap for hiding disruptive and dangerous content, lead to more litigation, and hinder the innovation needed to achieve safer, better experiences for all users – all while eliminating many of the features and benefits users currently enjoy and have come to expect. 

“IA stands ready to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle to improve everyone’s online experience.”