FCC will move to clarify key social media legal protections: chair

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

The FCC announcement follows more than 24 hours of limited distribution and censorship by Facebook and Twitter of the New York Post's bombshell article detailing Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings.

And today's debate was predated by President Trump's longstanding pressure on his administration to revisit the legal protections. "There is bipartisan support in Congress to reform the law", he wrote.

Trump, who has grown more and more irritated with Fb and Twitter's strikes to fact-check and block his posts, issued an govt order in Could searching for to rescind Section 230 protections for social networks in the event that they "censor" speech.

"Consistent with this advice, I intend to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify its meaning", Pai said in a statement.

"Social media firms have a First Modification proper to free speech. But they do not have a First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets, such as newspapers and broadcasters", Pai said in a tweet.

Trump tweeted that it was "so awful that Facebook and Twitter took down the story".

Tech Freedom said: "When a Democratic FCC Chairman pushed neutrality regulations at the behest of President Obama, Ajit Pai said: "We shouldn't be a rubber stamp for political decisions made by the White House.' Now Pai's doing essentially what he lambasted Tom Wheeler for: proposing sweeping 'neutrality" rules at a President's behest based on unprecedented claims of legal authority to regulate Internet services". "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.

The FCC chief zeroed in on a controversial part of the Communications Act that safeguards platforms from liability over the content shared by their users.

Trump's goal with amending Section 230 is to force United States social media companies into being a completely neutral platform when it comes to content moderation. Final month Lawyer Normal William Barr despatched draft laws to Congress that might restrict the protections below Section 230. Those tweets made false claims about mail-in voting, which is how the U.S. elections will be carried out in November. Although the FCC president has not yet indicated what he wants to change the legal text, the intervention seems to respond to Trump's request to weaken the immunity of social media companies. 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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