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Cotton Statement on Facebook's Development of a Censorship Tool for Possible Use in China

November 23, 2016

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C.- Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement on Facebook's development of a censorship tool for possible use in China:

"That Facebook has been engineering a way to accommodate Communist China's censorship is deeply disturbing. If Facebook moves forward with this new feature and bends to Beijing's will, it would normalize complicity in oppression for other technology companies and embolden other authoritarian regimes. The promise of technology lies in creating a future that is freer. But if Facebook shamefully rationalizes censorship in pursuit of short-term profit, it will be placing its fortunes in a future that is more closed, less prosperous, and much darker."