FCC Announces Section 230 Rulemaking Blog Inside Tech Media

FCC chairman says he'll seek to regulate social media under Trump's executive order

The move comes a day after President Trump aired his disdain for the platforms for their handling of a dubious news story in the New York Post about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's son Hunter.

"There is bipartisan support in Congress to reform the law", Pai added, while noting: "Earlier this week, US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pointed out that courts have relied upon "policy and goal arguments to grant sweeping protections to Internet platforms" that appear to go far beyond the actual text of the provision'".

Avery Gardiner, senior fellow for competition, data, and power at the Center for Democracy and Technology said at a Federal Communications Bar Association event in September that Section 230 reform "shouldn't happen after an executive order from a disgruntled president". "In step with this recommendation, I intend to maneuver ahead with a rulemaking to make clear its which means", he added.

In his statement, Pai said that "Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech. However they don't have a First Modification proper to a particular immunity denied to different media shops, similar to newspapers and broadcasters", Pai tweeted at 2:30 p.m.

The two sites limited or prohibited sharing of the article pending fact checks.


"On one point we can speak ex cathedra, as it were: our intent in writing this law was to keep the FCC out of the business of regulating websites, content moderation policies, and the content of speech on the internet", they wrote in a filing that urged the FCC to avoid passing regulations for Section 230.

Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, appointed by President Obama, issued a terse assertion in response to Pai's announcement: "The timing of this effort is absurd".

On Thursday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he plans on taking up the matter, following a request from the White House. "The FCC does not have the authority to rewrite the law, and Ajit Pai can't appoint himself commissioner of the speech police", Wyden tweeted. Earlier this year, proposals were introduced that would limit the immunity that social media companies have from being sued for what appears on their platforms.

U.S. President Donald Trump in May directed the U.S. Commerce Department to file a petition with the FCC seeking to curb legal protections for social media companies over a provision known as "Section 230". Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have agreed to testify before the Senate Commerce Committee on 28 October and are now set to be questioned about these moves after Republicans expressed concerns regarding alleged bias on the platforms.

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