Meet the strangest alliance in tech policy
However, a coalition of advocacy groups and industry-backed think tanks argued the opposite in a recent letter to lawmakers: that the bill would make content moderation harder for platforms.
The groups said the legislation would effectively require platforms to host and pay for the content of some publications, tying their hands when policing harmful content and “increasing the amount of networked disinformation, hate speech, and harassment found there.”
While eclectic, it remains to be seen whether the tent backing the bill will be big enough to pass it.
While the proposal is set to be marked up and voted on Thursday, a sign lawmakers likely have the votes to advance it out of committee, Senate lawmakers will need to try to find 60 votes in the broader chamber without the backing of usual allies, like Hawley and Blackburn. In the House, meanwhile, the bill has yet to receive a committee markup, and it would face long odds if Republicans retake the chamber given the opposition from McCarthy and Jordan.