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U.S. senator threatens tech companies, says don’t block his child abuse bill – Source Reuters Tech News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Lindsey Graham criticized tech companies on Wednesday for opposing a bipartisan bill aimed at curbing child sexual abuse material online and said he would consider a more punitive step if he is unable to get the legislation passed.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attends an event celebrating the anniversary of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative at the State Department in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke at a hearing held to discuss the EARN It Act – a bill technology companies and civil liberties groups said was an attack on strong encryption critical to billions of people.

The Republican senator said he does not “buy anything” said by tech companies about ending child sexual abuse, in response to testimony from Elizabeth Banker, deputy general counsel at tech trade group the Internet Association, which counts companies…

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