FCC will move to set rules clarifying key social media protection -chair

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Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Thursday that the agency will move forward to set new rules to clarify the meaning of key legal protection for social media companies.

The announcement came as Republicans expressed their anger Twitter Inc has decided to ban the sharing of a New York Post story about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. In May, US President Donald Trump ordered the US Department of Commerce to file a petition with the FCC to reduce legal protections for social media companies on a provision known as “Section 230.” Pai said the FCC’s general counsel said the agency “has the legal authority to interpret Section 230.”

Pai stopped short of offering concrete ideas or saying whether he would propose to curtail legal protections for social media companies. The petition called on the FCC to limit protections for social media companies under Section 230, a provision of the Communications Decency Act 1996 that protects them from liability for content posted by their users. and allows them to remove legal but objectionable posts.

Twitter has frozen U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign account @TeamTrump after posting a video referencing the Post article containing alleged details of Hunter Biden’s business relationship with a Ukrainian energy company. Many legal experts and internet companies claim that the FCC does not have the power to issue regulations under Section 230.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said the commission “has nothing to do with policing the president’s word.” Pai refused for months to comment on the petition, and Trump repeatedly called for action. Any final settlement could still take at least a year.

In August 2018, Pai at a forum said he hoped social media companies would embrace free speech, but saw no role for the FCC in regulating sites Web such as Facebook, Alphabet Google and Twitter. “They will not be regulated in terms of free speech,” Pai said in 2018. “The government is not here to regulate these platforms. We don’t have the power to do that.

On Thursday, Pai noted that he had promoted free speech during his tenure, but added: “What does section 230 mean now? Many advance an overly broad interpretation that in some cases protects social media companies from consumer protection laws in a way that has no basis in the text of section 230. ”

News Highlights:

  • Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Thursday that the agency will move forward to set new rules to clarify the meaning of key legal protection for social media companies. The announcement came as Republicans expressed their anger Twitter Inc has decided to ban the sharing of a New York Post story about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
  • FCC to adopt rules clarifying key to protecting social media
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