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AFP: Government Shouldn’t Be Policing Free Speech Online

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AFP: Government Shouldn’t Be Policing Free Speech Online

04.10.19 04:26 AM

Arlington, Va.*– Today, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution will hold a*hearing focused on allegations that internet companies censor conservative speakers. The hearing, titled “Stifling Free Speech: Technological Censorship and the Public Discourse,” was called by Senator Ted Cruz who has*voiced*concern over alleged censorship from online platforms. Americans for Prosperity Senior Tech Policy Analyst Billy Easley issued the following statement: “Senator Cruz is right: tech companies ought to provide an open platform for speech across the political and ideological spectrum. But asking the government to police online speech – either through direct action or by cajoling private firms –*sets a dangerous precedent that will undermine essential elements of free speech.*Government regulation of digital speech won’t protect free speech. It will only increase the likelihood of government censorship. “Tech companies have the freedom to*run their businesses as they see fit, including setting standards for what user content they do and do not want to host, and Americans have the right to speak through alternative platforms or share their opinions elsewhere. “Today’s largest tech platforms*may*have the means to manage the*legal risk of administering an online speech*code but smaller startups*do*not, so regulation intended to curtail the influence of large tech companies would […]

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