Along with the legal and constitutional issues associated with the JCPA, the legislation could allow fringe sites and bad actors to increase the spread of misinformation, harm the public, and harm democracy.
Instead of allowing the bill to sink or swim on its own, Congressional leadership is preparing to attach the JCPA to a must-pass piece of legislation– the National Defense Authorization Act.
Tell congress: stop dangerous misinformation, oppose JCPA.
“Objective journalism is crucial to a democracy, but this legislation will promote media cartels and compel digital sites to subsidize dangerous sources of misinformation online.” – Matt Schruers, President, CCIA
So exactly what’s wrong with the JCPA?
- The JCPA compels online platforms to bargain with and pay publishers.
- Rather than funding producers of objective journalism, the JCPA can be expected to create subsidies for a large universe of online content, some of which spreads dangerous misinformation.
- The JCPA prohibits content moderation
- Digital services would be prohibited to use practices that are used to remove hate speech and fight misinformation online.
- The JCPA does little for independent journalists
- National and international experience shows that special treatment for news publishers has done little for independent journalists and instead resulted in government-mandated negotiations controlled by large and influential publishers.
- The JCPA is unconstitutional
- The government cannot force a private actor to carry others’ speech. Just as the government cannot force a person or business to speak a particular message, it cannot force them to subsidize that message.
CCIA is an international, not-for-profit trade association representing a broad cross section of communications and technology firms. For 50 years, CCIA has promoted open markets, open systems, and open networks. CCIA members employ more than 1.6 million workers, invest more than $100 billion in research and development, and contribute trillions of dollars in productivity to the global economy.