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🤬ing with this law could ruin the Internet

Politicians in Washington, DC are in a panic about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Both Democrats and Republicans have taken aim at this obscure piece of legislation, which has been called the “26 words that created the Internet.” The only problem is that they have absolutely no clue what they’re talking about. And messing with Section 230 in the ways they’re suggesting could force tens of thousands of websites to shut down, silence the voices of millions of people, and open the floodgates for widespread censorship of our videos, memes, selfies, blogs, and social media posts.

The White House has issued an executive order that would shred Section 230 and turn the agency, and its boss Ajit Pai, into online speech police. If you think social media companies’ moderation policies are bad now, just wait til government bureaucrats are in charge of it.

But it gets even worse. The Senate is working towards a vote on the EARN IT Act, a dangerous new law that revokes Section 230 protections for online companies that refuse to help the government spy on the public. Congress is also considering the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, which legal experts describe as a “full-frontal nuclear assault on encryption.” And then there’s the PACT Act, which would “take a ‘scalpel’ to Section 230.”

Misguided members of Congress will continue their attacks on Section 230 unless everyday people like you and me urge them to save online free speech. And you better believe that in an election year filled with close races that will swing the balance of political power in America, these lawmakers will listen to every voter who reaches out. Fill out the form above now to tell Congress and the FCC what you think about these attacks on Internet freedom.

Here's what Section 230 actually does

Internet companies are free to host our edgy jokes, unpopular political opinions, memes, videos, stories, poems, vacation photos and more thanks to a law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, or Section 230 for short. Section 230 says that:

No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.

Without CDA 230, tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube will be legally responsible for everything people like you and me do on their platforms. They'd rather censor everything we say than risk expensive lawsuits, or penalties from the FCC.

To get concrete, Section 230 is the law that allows you to post “my landlord is a chump” without your landlord suing the site you post it on out of existence. It’s the law that allows people to post videos of police violence online and makes it really hard for the government to censor them. It’s the law that lets people criticize politicians, CEOs, and other powerful people who would rather we all shut up. It’s also the law that allows websites and online forums to make good-faith efforts to remove extremely harmful content, like child abuse imagery or videos encouraging self-harm.

From SOPA/PIPA to SESTA/FOSTA to the repeal of net neutrality we’ve seen over and over again just how dangerous it can be when politicians who don’t understand the Internet try to regulate it, or turn it into a political talking point for their re-election campaigns. Killing off Section 230 is a dangerous idea that is gaining steam in Washington, DC. If we don’t resoundingly smack it down now, one of these proposals is eventually going to succeed.

There are real problems with social media companies. This won't solve any of them.

There’s no question that Big Tech companies have amassed tremendous power to limit expression, spread dangerous misinformation, silence dissent, and manipulate public opinion. These are serious problems that impact our lives, and it’s long past time the government took action to address this dangerous behavior by enacting strong legislation to prevent corporate data harvesting, banning abusive practices like microtargeted advertising, and taking on Silicon Valley’s monopolistic business practices at their root. But this Trump executive order, and similarly misguided proposals from Democrats to rip up Section 230, won’t do any of that. Instead, they’ll make these problems worse.

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Punching a hole in Section 230 will allow any president to decide what speech is allowed on the Internet. If the government doesn’t like how social media websites moderate content, the government can simply shut those companies down. That might seem like a good idea when someone you support is in the Oval Office, but political power changes quickly. No matter what your political beliefs are, we should all be able to agree that letting governments and corporations restrict the free flow of information is a bad idea.

Use this page to submit your comment to lawmakers in Congress and bureaucrats in the FCC letting them know exactly how you feel about the idea of blowing up Section 230. The best part is that you have the right to say whatever you want! At least for now. Let’s keep it that way.

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