Published: Sun, October 18, 2020
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Senate Seeks Simington FCC Nod Amid Section 230 Furor

Senate Seeks Simington FCC Nod Amid Section 230 Furor

The US Federal Communications Commission plans to begin drafting new rules to "clarify" the meaning of a legal clause that protects social media companies from being sued over third-party content on their platforms, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a press release on Thursday.

Pai's comments sparked controversy among the senior FCC members.

The FCC has introduced that it's going to transfer to manage social media following President Trump's govt order earlier this 12 months. In May, he threatened to regulate U.S. social media companies after Twitter fact-checked two tweets he made about mail-in voting that the company deemed misleading.

While Pai said that "many advance an overly broad interpretation that in some cases shields social media companies from consumer protection laws in a way that has no basis in the text of Section 230", the implied recent actions by the social media companies are not covered by the First Amendment.

Trump's goal with amending Section 230 is to force U.S. social media companies into being a completely neutral platform when it comes to content moderation.

Geoffrey Starks and Jessica Rosenworcel, two of the FCC's Democratic commissioners, don't support Pai's call, and indeed some observers pointed out that the FCC itself has no say in the matter.


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.

Section 230 supplies a level of immunity to social media firms for the content material posted on their networks-together with the roughly three million Facebook posts and 474okay tweets per minute. 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.

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. It is just the start for them.

Pai famous that there's "bipartisan help in Congress" to reform Section 230 and that the Commerce Division has petitioned the FCC to "make clear ambiguities in part 230".

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

President Trump and other Republicans have sought to limit the protections afforded to the social media companies under the law over claims that the platforms censor conservative points of view.

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