Press Release | July 27, 2020

CTA Statement on Beginning of FCC Process to Weaken Section 230

The following statement is attributed to Jamie Susskind, vice president of policy and regulatory affairs, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, regarding the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin a rulemaking scaling back platform liability protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, per the White House’s May Executive Order:

“We welcome conversations around the best ways to protect free speech, to ensure the U.S. remains a leader in innovation and technology investment. However, these conversations should follow the appropriate process: Congress makes legislation, which is then sent to the President. The President's May 28th executive order creates new laws for the FCC to follow. We strongly urge the administration to reconsider its current approach and facilitate conversations about free speech and the First Amendment through the appropriate channels.”