FCC Will Move to ‘Clarify’ Section 230 Protections for Social Media Companies

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

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

The chairman's announcement comes after news that Facebook and Twitter had worked to suppress a New York Post report based on emails which suggest the younger Biden may have made an introduction between his father, then- Vice President Joe Biden, and a Ukrainian adviser to Burisma Holdings in 2015.

The Federal Communications Commission dove deep into political territory on Thursday by declaring that the agency had authority to rule on questions pertaining to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

"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 objective arguments to grant sweeping protections to Internet platforms" that appear to go far beyond the actual text of the provision'". Back in May, President Trump signed an executive order to take away this immunity by changing section 230. "Consistent with this recommendation, I intend to maneuver ahead with a rulemaking to make clear its that means".

The US telecom and media supervisor FCC wants to amend legislation that guarantees social media companies a certain degree of immunity.

The coming debate will center on whether the social media platforms still differ from newspapers and broadcasters with regard to editorial control (previous debates in this area have focused on whether they are more like "common carriers" who simply transmit others' messages). "At the time, the executive order came under fire from the FCC" s two Democratic commissioners, who said the action was "politically motivated and legally unsound", CNBC reported.

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Pai's comments sparked controversy among the senior FCC members. That petition asked the FCC to adopt rules to "clarify" the circumstances under which the liability shield of Section 230 applies. The FCC shouldn't do the President's bidding here, "Starks tweeted".

"This is election interference and we're 19 days out from an election", Senator Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) said.

"Repealing or limiting section 230 will have the opposite effect".

The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to subpoena on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey subsequent week to testify on October 23 earlier than the committee about why his firm blocked customers from tweeting or retweeting the New York Publish's tales about Hunter Biden, the Wall Road Journal reported.

The U.S. Department of Commerce has petitioned the Commission to "clarify ambiguities in section 230.' And, earlier this week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas identified that courts have relied upon 'policy and goal arguments to grant sweeping protections to Internet platforms" that seems to go far past the precise textual content of the availability.

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