March 05, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI issued the following statement on the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) earlier today. Earlier today, ITI joined the governments of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to support the Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, which outline 11 actions to help ensure children are not sexually exploited online.

“Above all else, the technology industry supports a safe online environment. We remain committed to continuing our work with policymakers to address harmful content on the internet,” said Jason Oxman, ITI’s President and CEO. “Despite the legislation’s stated goals, we believe the EARN IT Act would fail to meaningfully tackle exploitative content beyond current tools and laws and contains fatal flaws that would undermine cybersecurity, privacy, and free speech. The tech industry will continue to work with governments, law enforcement, users, and communities, including with the sponsors of this bill, to ensure that tech products and services continue to create a safe environment online.”