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Statement On The Introduction Of The “Ending Support For Internet Censorship Act”

Washington, DC –Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman issued the following statement on the introduction of the “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act” by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO):

“CDA 230 is the law that allows online companies to moderate and remove content that no reasonable person wants online – including content that could have a ‘political viewpoint.’

“This bill forces platforms to make an impossible choice: either host reprehensible, but First Amendment protected speech, or lose legal protections that allow them to moderate illegal content like human trafficking and violent extremism. That shouldn’t be a tradeoff.

“Internet companies share Senator Hawley’s goal of ensuring online platforms are somewhere individuals can freely and safely share their views.”