CCIA Affirms Support For New EU Disinformation Guidelines

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today published its new Guidance to strengthen the EU Code of Practice on Disinformation. The European Commission will now work with the involved companies to improve several aspects of the Code based on clear commitments and subject to an oversight mechanism in order to fight the spread of disinformation.…

Florida Governor Signs Bill Requiring Companies To Carry User Speech Or Face Lawsuits 

Washington — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that would allow any internet user from foreign extremists to disgruntled internet trolls to sue online websites for removing allegedly inappropriate content. The bill will deter businesses from protecting online users through the enforcement of their terms of service regarding misinformation or harmful speech on their…

Florida Legislature Passes Bill That Would Encourage Lawsuits Over Removal Of Dangerous Content

Washington — Both chambers of the Florida legislature have approved versions of a bill that would create extensive new regulations on how companies enforce rules for moderating user-generated content. Online platforms have varying policies on what content users may post, which users agree to when they sign up for the service. Should Gov. Ron DeSantis…

CCIA Offers Written Statement For House Energy And Commerce Hearing On Misinformation Online

Washington — The CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying tomorrow at a hearing about misinformation and extremist content online.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association supports free speech online as well as the right for private companies to decide what material to host online. CCIA has advocated for Section 230 for decades and…

CCIA, Industry Groups File Complaint Against Maryland Digital Tax

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and a coalition of trade associations joined in filing a federal complaint against Maryland’s recent Act imposing a “Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax”, aimed at technology companies. The Act attempts to collect an estimated $250 million from a small number of companies in the first year, according…

CCIA Statement On Social Media Ban On Accounts Involved In Inciting Violence

The following can be attributed to Computer & Communication Industry Association President Matt Schruers in response to numerous digital services suspending accounts involved in the incitement of violence, including by President Donald Trump, on their platforms: “Private companies taking action against bad actors that misuse their services to incite violence have a First Amendment right…

Unvetted Copyright Measures In Spending Bill Concern CCIA

Washington — Congress has wrapped several controversial copyright measures into a must-pass end of the year spending bill.  The intellectual property part of the legislation includes the CASE Act, the Trademark Modernization Act, and the Protecting Lawful Streaming Act. While the Computer & Communications Industry Association doesn’t oppose the language of the streaming proposal, it…

CCIA Response To Proposed Digital Copyright Act

Washington — Senator Thom Tillis, R-NC, has introduced a discussion draft of a controversial copyright bill that reads like a Christmas wish list for Hollywood and big content companies, and takes cues from contentious copyright reforms in Europe. Among other sweeping changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the bill increases the role of…

CCIA Responses To EU Digital Markets Act and Digital Services Act Proposals

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission presented its Digital Markets Act (DMA) and its Digital Services Act (DSA) proposals earlier today. The Digital Markets Act seeks to target the core services of so-called digital “gatekeepers” by restructuring their relationships with business users and imposing new terms and obligations. These obligations can be updated, new services…