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.”