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Americans for Prosperity: Section 230 Must Be Preserved**

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Americans for Prosperity: Section 230 Must Be Preserved**

10.16.19 07:52 AM

Arlington, VA –*Today the House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding a hearing examining Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996.*Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has consistently argued that erosions to Section 230 would have dire consequences for the digital free speech rights of every American. AFP Senior Tech Policy Analyst Billy Easley issued the following statement: “Section 230 preserves that individuals, not the tools they use, are legally responsible for harmful behavior online. Section 230 is not a shield for those who break the law online and the Department of Justice can still prosecute anyone who violates federal criminal law, whether on a website or not. As we’ve seen recently, European and Chinese standards of free speech are increasingly being adopted by*American*companies. From that standpoint, it’s more important than ever that Congress protect free speech. Eroding 230’s critical protections sets up a scenario where political powers dictate what is fair or unfair when it comes to free expression online. That should startle everyone.” Easley was featured in*The Resurgent*earlier this year where he outlined the dangers of a top-down government approach to moderating online content.*Read the full op-ed here. AFP also recently joined several academics and civil society groups […]

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