Must-Reads On The Journalism Competition And Preservation Act
With the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) back on the calendar for a markup in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, it is important to remember the following:
— The bill creates the type of antitrust exemption that has historically harmed competition and consumers.
— JCPA forces private actors to carry the speech of others, raising significant constitutional concerns.
— As with other proposed antitrust legislation, JCPA threatens platforms’ ability to moderate harmful online content.
— Overhauling regulation to protect competitors instead of competition would harm online innovation and consumers’ access to information.
1) Broad, Bipartisan Coalition Warns Congress Of Harmful Unintended Consequences of JCPA – Concerned organizations wrote to Congress expressing their concerns with the proposed JCPA.
2) JCPA Markup Highlights Same Content Moderation Concerns as AICOA – On September 8, the JCPA was held over amid concerns over the bill’s impact on content moderation. Experts from Free Press, TechFreedom, and Taxpayers Protection Alliance have all noted the contradictory views and goals of Democratic and Republican lawmakers with respect to the antitrust bills’ impact on content moderation.
3) Digital Services Help Direct Traffic To The News Industry And Proposed Regulatory “Solutions” Would Harm The Market – Digital services have helped media reach consumers on multiple platforms and have streamlined opportunities for consumers to access news. The proposed regulatory “solutions” would harm the market.