Fairplay’s Josh Golin testifies before Congress

Making strides on Capitol Hill.

Last week, we made huge strides in our work on Capitol Hill: Fairplay’s Executive Director Josh Golin testified before Congress for the first time in our organization’s history.

On December 9, Josh appeared as a witness at the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce’s hearing on Big Tech and internet safety. In his testimony and in answers to lawmakers, Josh explained the many harms facing kids and teens on the internet today, how surveillance advertising is especially bad for kids, and how Congress can take action to protect young people. 

During the hearing, Josh emphasized the importance of the KIDS Act and the PRIVCY Act, two bills that would get us closer to a design code for the US. Provisions in the bills include prohibiting platforms from algorithmically amplifying extremist content to children and teens, banning deceptive influencer marketing, and stop surveillance advertising directed at anyone under 18. As Josh told Representative Kathy Castor, “If we could pass both of those bills, we would go so far in creating the internet kids deserve.”

You can read Josh’s written testimony here. Check out the videos below to watch some highlights from Josh’s appearance in Congress!

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