Congress is back at it, passing internet laws it doesn't understand

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Congress is back at it, passing internet laws it doesn't understand
By Joan McCarter

"Writ small, SESTA and FOSTA have always been ostensibly about sexual services offered on online classified-ads platforms ... But the legislative language is written broadly enough to reach online services that aren’t classified-ad platforms of any sort—it appears to apply to public and private online forums and even emails and direct messages. Some observers, including me, think this breadth is intentional—some companies and industries with their own beefs against internet companies want SESTA to be enacted as a precedent to whittle away other protections for internet services. [...]"
"The very real fear is that all forms of social media will crack down on community members' speech, including "the plethora of nonprofit and community-based online groups that serve as crucial outlets for free expression and knowledge sharing." And when that happens, the most marginalized voices will be among the first to be silenced."
"Protecting victims of sex-trafficking is a completely laudable goal. Over-legislating to clamp down on free speech online is not, but that's what Congress is about to do."





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Certainly protecting such innocent victims is an absolute must. However, to try to take advantage of the situation is more of an overreach than anything. That is not alright. How can those old Republican men with practically one foot in the grave possibly think they know enough about the Internet to pass laws regulating it? When they were young enough to enjoy typing they didn't even have hand-held calculators, I bet, much less the Internet.

And forums, such as Political Hotwire could be hit? And your own Email?

First it was trying to take away Net Neutrality now this. Time for PH and all others who don't agree with this action to protest such a move with those who are so uninformed and who do not care about the rights of Americans and their Internet access and privacy.


 
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Attention CHIP: Have you visited the links in red? It behooves for you to! Also, all Council Members and Moderators! This is no laughing matter. Action must be taken NOW to prevent a government take-over of the Internet and our freedom of speech!