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Pallone Statement on DOJ’s Draft Proposal to Amend Section 230

Sep 23, 2020
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released the following statement today in response to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) draft proposal amending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act:

“President Trump’s Section 230 legislation is a mess, but one thing is clear – the proposed changes would make it harder to stop the misinformation and disinformation spread by the President and foreign governments.

“Protecting Trump’s ability to lie to the public has been a hallmark of his presidency.  We’ve seen it when he threatened broadcast stations, cable channels, reporters and now social media.  Luckily, it is the job of Congress, not the President, to rewrite legislation.  Undoubtedly, Section 230 reform is needed and important, but it should promote democracy and the public good – not further division and confusion.”