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Congress Threatens Website Publishers Protections

Tech industry warns rumored amendments will impact free speech & risk litigation on publishers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SIIA Contact:  Suzy Wagner, 703-899-3427

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 1, 2020) – SIIA, the principal association for the software, information, and digital content industries issued the following statement in response to proposed amendments to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which protects websites from content posted by third parties.

SIIA President and CEO, Jeff Joseph statement:

“We are alarmed by reports that amendments to Section 230 are being considered as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. We urge Congress to abandon this dangerous course, which will weaken United States leadership in the internet sector. Section 230 is vital to the continued strength and global leadership in technological innovation, and our economy overall. Any efforts to repeal or revise this important provision must be narrowly tailored and reached through a bipartisan consensus in the normal process of regular order or risk devastating consequences for our members and the millions of Americans who use internet platforms to engage in public discourse, build community, and expand economic opportunity. Based on available press reports, the proposed amendments meet none of these criteria and we strongly oppose them.”

About SIIA:
SIIA is the only professional organization connecting more than 700 financial information, education technology, specialized content and publishing, and health technology companies. Our diverse members manage the global financial markets, develop software that solves today’s challenges through technology, provide critical information that helps inform global businesses large and small, and innovate for better health care and personal wellness outcomes. For more information, visit siia.net.