Reject online censorship. Tell lawmakers to oppose KOSA!
URGENT! Lawmakers have reintroduced the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA), a dangerous censorship bill that would give the government unprecedented control over the internet.
KOSA won’t make kids more safe. Instead, it’ll put youth in danger by preventing them from accessing resources they need. Lawmakers concerned about online safety should reject KOSA and instead work to protect all internet users from abusive tech companies by passing a Federal data privacy law.
Send a letter to your lawmakers now and tell them to reject KOSA!
Why is KOSA a bad bill?
KOSA uses two methods to “protect” kids, and both of them are awful.
First, KOSA would pressure platforms to install filters that would wipe the net of anything deemed “inappropriate” for minors. This = instructing platforms to censor, plain and simple. Places that already use content filters have restricted important information about suicide prevention and LGBTQ+ support groups, and KOSA would spread this kind of censorship to every corner of the internet. It’s no surprise that anti-rights zealots are excited about KOSA: it would let them shut down websites that cover topics like race, gender, and sexuality.
Second, KOSA would ramp up the online surveillance of all internet users by expanding the use of age verification and parental monitoring tools. Not only are these tools needlessly invasive, they’re a massive safety risk for young people who could be trying to escape domestic violence and abuse.
Dozens of LGBTQ+ and civil rights groups agree that KOSA is dangerous and updates to the 2023 version won’t and can’t address the big problems with the bill. If you believe in a free and open internet, send a message to your lawmakers right now and tell them to reject KOSA!
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Introduce yourself, be polite, and say:
“Hi, I'm calling to urge you to oppose the Kids Online Safety Act or KOSA. This bill would be a threat to free speech online and puts LGBTQ+ kids at further risk, in an already scary time for them. If you care about kids' experience online, Congress should pass comprehensive data privacy legislation that actually protects children, instead of harming them. ”
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Here is the full list of organizations opposed to KOSA:
18 Million Rising
Advocacy For Principled Action In Government
Advocates for Youth
American Booksellers for Free Expression
American Civil Liberties Union
Black and Pink National
Center for Democracy & Technology
Defending Rights & Dissent
Don’t Delete Art
EducateUS: SIECUS In Action
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Equality New Mexico
Fight for the Future
Free Speech Coalition
Freedom Network USA
Indivisible Plus Washington
Lexington Pride Center
LGBT Technology Partnership
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity
National Coalition Against Censorship
Open Technology Institute
Organization for Identity and Cultural Development (OICD)
Organization for Transformative Works
Organización Latina Trans in Texas
Reframe Health and Justice
Restore The Fourth
SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change
St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline
SWOP Behind Bars
The 6:52 Project Foundation, Inc.
Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT)
University of Michigan Dearborn – Muslim Student Association
WA People’s Privacy
Woodhull Freedom Foundation
Yale Privacy Lab