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Senator Hawley Sends Bipartisan Warning to FTC Not to Weaken Children’s Online Privacy Rules

“But the FTC’s failure now and in recent years to fully enforce COPPA compliance has us concerned that an update at this time could diminish children and parents’ control of their data or otherwise weaken existing privacy protections. Now is not the time to pull back,” write the Senators in the letter to all five FTC Commissioners. “As children’s use of technology continues to increase, so too does the appetite by tech giants for children’s personal information. Your agency’s obligation is to...

Senator Hawley Calls on FTC to Release Full 2012 Report on Google’s Anticompetitive Business Practices

Today Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission’s five commissioners asking them to release the agency’s 2012 report on Google’s anticompetitive tactics and abuse of monopoly power. Half of the 2012 report was inadvertently disclosed in 2015 and revealed that Google rigged search results to bias its own services over competitors’.

In the letter Senator Hawley writes, “I believe the remaining pages likely contain information critical to the public interest...

Senators Hawley, Cruz, Cramer, and Braun Blast Facebook for Censoring Pro-Life Content

Today Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), along with Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticizing the social media company’s recent "independent fact check," false rating, and subsequent censorship of pro-life organization Live Action.

In the letter, the Senators note that Facebook’s "independent fact check" was conducted by abortion rights activists who no reasonable person could consider neutral or objective on...

Senator Hawley Statement on State Attorneys General Investigation of Google and Facebook

”I was proud to launch the first antitrust and privacy investigation of Big Tech by an attorney general two years ago. I’m heartened to see a new group of attorneys general with the courage to stand up to these powerful companies and fight for citizens. Big Tech companies should be held accountable if they are violating our privacy or harming our children or killing innovation.”

Senator Josh Hawley Statement on Facebook's Conservative Bias Audit

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) released the following statement in response to Facebook’s conservative bias audit:

“Merely asking somebody to listen to conservatives’ concerns isn’t an ‘audit,’ it’s a smokescreen disguised as a solution. Facebook should conduct an actual audit by giving a trusted third party access to its algorithm, its key documents, and its content moderation protocols. Then Facebook should release the results to the public.” 

Sen. Hawley Introduces Legislation to Curb Social Media Addiction

Senator Hawley said, “Big tech has embraced a business model of addiction. Too much of the ‘innovation’ in this space is designed not to create better products, but to capture more attention by using psychological tricks that make it difficult to look away. This legislation will put an end to that and encourage true innovation by tech companies.”

Senator Hawley Grills Google Exec During Judiciary Committee Hearing

Today during a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) grilled Google’s vice president for government affairs and public policy, Karan Bhatia, on a range of subjects including Google’s work on censored search engines in China, YouTube’s curation of content for pedophiles, and whether Google would commit to an independent third-party audit of its content moderation practices.

President Trump Praises Sen. Hawley’s “Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act”

Senator Hawley said, “And that's why we need to step up now, and I think we need to say to them, here's the deal – Google, Facebook Twitter, they've gotten these special deals from government. They've gotten a special giveaway from government. They're treated unlike anybody else. If they want to keep their special deal, here's the bargain: they have to quit discriminating against conservatives. You agree with that? No more. No more discrimination. It's that simple. That's all were asking for.”