EARN IT will damage the Internet by:
… Changing the landscape as we know it against our freedom of expression
The EARN IT Act is proposing that online platforms must “earn” the protection of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Here’s the thing: this critical section is core to our online freedom of expression, and has allowed the Internet to flourish by encouraging users to generate their own content.1 Without Section 230, we wouldn’t have user driven websites like Wikipedia or Craigslist – and would have much less space to express ourselves on many online services.
… Breaking encryption and weakening security
It’s as true today as it’s ever been: there’s no way to break encryption for only the ‘good guys’. By forcing online platforms to “earn” their Section 230 protections, experts are pointing out EARN IT will make the Internet less safe and secure for everyone.2 Without strong built-in end-to-end encryption, our sensitive data will be available to hackers and authoritarian governments, not just law enforcement.
… Providing an excuse for criminal defendants and putting children at greater risk
The EARN IT Act’s sponsors are falsely saying that the bill is needed to protect children, but federal laws already make child sexual abuse material highly illegal. In fact, experts are concerned that the bill will make it harder to successfully prosecute people found in possession of child sexual abuse material, and make children more vulnerable to predators by exposing more of their sensitive personal information.3,4,5
We must say no to this dangerous bill. Message your representatives in Congress and tell them to reject the EARN IT Act!