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Statement in Support of Maryland Legislation HB 131

Washington, D.C. – Internet Association Vice President of State Government Affairs Dustin Brighton issued the following statement on Maryland House of Delegates Anti-SLAPP legislation:

“The Internet industry applauds the Maryland House for its efforts to stem the tide of consumer gag clauses that impose high fines and penalties on Internet users who post a negative review. Consumers benefit from being able to review their experiences online without threat of fines or litigation. It is critical that the right to free speech online is protected for Maryland’s citizens, and it is for this reason that the Internet Association supports the passage of HB 131.”