Aug 28, 2018

Freedom Partners: Trump Administration Should Not Regulate Internet Speech

Post by Freedom Partners

Arlington, VA – White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said this morning the administration is “taking a look” at whether Google and its search engine should be regulated by the government. The announcement came shortly after a series of tweets from President Donald Trump claiming that companies like Google have “rigged” their search results to prominently feature negative news about him.

Freedom Partners Spokesperson Jim Fellinger issued the following statement:

“Regulating the results of Google or other tech companies is a reckless idea that would undermine essential elements of free speech. Allowing the government to mandate the content that search engine providers display would set a dangerous precedent. We urge the administration to reconsider any potential action against tech companies like Google and preserve the limited regulatory environment that helped make America the tech leader it is today.”

Background:

Search engines attempt to provide useful and relevant information to users based on an index of available webpages. American free speech laws, including Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, do not require tech companies to provide a neutral public forum. The section states that Congress finds “the Internet and other interactive computer services offer a forum for a true diversity of political discourse, unique opportunities for cultural development, and myriad avenues for intellectual activity.” Freedom Partners shares TechFreedom’s belief that a “Fairness Doctrine” for the Internet is a dangerous idea that would undermine free expression.

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