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FCC strikes to manage social media after Trump's govt order

FCC strikes to manage social media after Trump's govt order”

Federal Communications Fee chairman Ajit Pai stated Thursday he'll transfer to "make clear the which means" of the regulation generally known as "Part 230", which protects tech giants like Twitter and Fb from being held responsible for the content material their customers put up.

US President Donald Trump has slammed Facebook and Twitter for restricting the distribution of a New York Post article criticising Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Pai said Thursday that his general counsel believes the FCC "has the legal authority to interpret Section 230". "The president's executive order on Section 230 was politically motivated and legally unsound. But they do not have a First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets, such as newspapers and broadcasters".

Trump's govt order adopted fact-checking by Twitter which highlighted inaccuracies in his tweets.

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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".

Sohn's objections to this authority echoed the objections of Jamie Susskind, vice president of policy and regulatory affairs at Consumer Technology Association, who said that it was in Congress' jurisdiction-not the FCC's-to amend Section 230. While we don't doubt the intentions of Chairman Pai and others, there is simply not a sufficient record of support at the FCC that warrants Commission involvement at this time. And blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we're blocking: "unacceptable", he tweeted. That mentioned, Biden has himself referred to as for repealing the protections Section 230 affords social media platforms.

In May, Trump signed an executive order to limit Section 230's legal protections.

Added Public Knowledge: "The FCC does not have authority to "clarify" Section 230 - it is not a statute that Congress gave the agency any authority over whatsoever", said John Bergmayer, legal director at Public Knowledge. "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 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". 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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