This morning, the R Street Institute joined 14 other think tanks, trade associations, civil society organizations and individuals in opposing S. 4632, the Online Content Policy Modernization Act. The bill, introduced last week and scheduled for a markup in the Senate Judiciary Committee this Thursday, includes an amendment to Section 230 of the Communications Act that cuts back on that law’s current legal protections for online service providers that engage in content moderation. The 15 groups and individuals signed onto a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

The following may be attributed to Charles Duan, senior fellow for technology and innovation policy at the R Street Institute:

“This hastily introduced bill would injure online speech, impede American innovation, expose children to online dangers and violate the Constitution. Enabling companies to engage in and innovate with content moderation has been essential to making the Internet a vibrant marketplace of ideas and enabling marginalized voices to be heard, all while protecting children and vulnerable communities from harmful content. This bill would stop those important efforts in their tracks by exposing online companies to potentially massive liability for their decisions to remove or modify content, and the public and the nation will be worse off for it.”

Signers on the letter include:

Access Now

ALEC Action

Center for Democracy and Technology

Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Copia Institute


Eric Goldman, Santa Clara University School of Law

Internet Association


New America’s Open Technology Institute

Organization for Transformative Works

Public Knowledge

R Street Institute

Wikimedia Foundation

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

(Read the full letter here.)

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