Online Content Policy


, The Stranger
The EARN-IT Act Is Coming to Wreck the Internet
Daisy Soderberg-Rivkin

From The Stranger:

It’s a doubling-down on the disastrous SESTA/FOSTA, passed in 2018 (with support, disappointingly, from Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray).

The Earn It Act Threatens Our Online Freedoms. New Amendments Don’t Fix It.
Jeffrey Westling

From The Center for Internet and Society:

As a coalition letter about the manager’s amendment, spearheaded by the R Street Institute, commented, “If a state law makes it illegal to…

, The Edge
Making Sense of EARN IT & LAED Bills’ Implications for Crypto
Jeffrey Westling

From The Edge:

Jeffrey Westling, a technology and innovation policy fellow at the nonprofit, nonpartisan R Street Institute, says that EARN IT and LAED could eliminate the Section 230 protections…

EARN IT Act Remains Fundamentally Flawed After Senate Judiciary Committee Markup
Jeffrey Westling

From Center for Democracy & Technology:

A broad coalition of digital rights organizations joined in opposing the EARN IT Act and Manager’s Amendment before today’s markup. Multiple…

EARN IT Manager’s Amendment Welcome But Needs Work, Says R Street Institute
Corinne Day

WASHINGTON (July 2, 2020) — Today the Senate Judiciary Committee is marking up the EARN IT Act, a currently pending bill that constructs a federal commission for establishing best practices for…

Coalition Letter on EARN IT Act
Jeffrey Westling

July 2, 2020

The Honorable Lindsey Graham

Chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate

Russell Senate Office Building 290 Washington, D.C. 20510



, Washington Examiner
Republicans want to protect conservative voices, but they may end up destroying them
Shoshana Weissmann & Jeffrey Westling

A simmering battle between Big Tech and President Trump came to a head earlier this month when the president issued an executive order aimed at curbing social media bias. The order came after the…

, DisCo
A Week of Section 230 Discussions
Mike Godwin

From DisCo:

2:00pm Promoting Free Expression Online: What are the options?

, Financial Times
How to counter deepfakery in the eye of the digital deceiver
Jeffrey Westling

From Financial Times:

Our response must therefore be cyber-sociological: developing digital literacy and behavioural practices with the baseline premise that unverified media cannot be trusted….

Sen. Hawley’s latest bill puts politics ahead of protecting online speech
William Gray & Daisy Soderberg-Rivkin

Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act. The bill restricts the applicability of legal liability protections for online service…