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SIIA Supports FEC Exploration of Internet Communication Disclaimers; Urges Mindful Consideration of Free Speech Rights and Diverse Online Advertising Platforms

WASHINGTON, DC (November 13, 2017) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, today filed comments with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) supporting the Commission’s exploration of internet communication disclaimers and urging it to take a cautious approach before enacting new regulations.  The FEC issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking “seeking comment on whether to begin a rulemaking to revise its regulations concerning disclaimers on certain internet communications.”

SIIA Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy issued the following statement:

“SIIA is very concerned about the threat of foreign actors using social media platforms to potentially influence U.S. political elections, and we welcome the Commission’s exploration of this issue. We also urge the Commission to be mindful of the risk to the free speech rights of individual Americans, and to avoid proposing a rigid uniform set of requirements that lacks the necessary flexibility for the diverse digital advertising environment.

“SIIA looks forward to working with the Commission and other policymakers to balance the needs of transparency with online expression and free speech.”

The comments can be found here.

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