FCC's Pai Initiates Rulemaking to Clarify Section 230 for Social Media

FCC Will Move to Clarify Key Social Media Legal Protections Chairman Ajit Pai Says

Ajit Pai testifies during an oversight hearing held to examine the Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission today said it's in the process of regulating social media platforms such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc.

"So disgusting that Fb and Twitter took down the story of "Smoking Gun" emails associated to Sleepy Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, within the @NYPost". Supporters of reforming Part 230 say tech giants ought to lose protections in the event that they function as a writer reasonably than as a impartial platform. "Consistent with this advice, I intend to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify its meaning".

In August 2018, Pai at a forum said he hoped social media companies would embrace free speech but did not see a role for the FCC to regulate websites like Facebook, Google and Twitter.

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).

Trump's executive order came less than a week after Twitter put two of his tweets up for fact-checking.

Section 230 of the Communications Act of the U.S. constitution provides social media companies with broad immunity against the content posted on their platforms.

In September, Trump nominated Nathan Simington, a senior administration official who was involved in the social media petition, to a seat on the FCC, and last week Trump urged for a quick confirmation vote.

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat, said the commission "has no business being the President's speech police".

"We're in the midst of an election". The FCC shouldn't do the President's bidding here, "Starks tweeted".

Although legislators on both sides of the aisle have shown deep concern about how social media platforms conduct themselves, as well as particular interest in Section 230, Pai's response prompted swift reactions from Democratic lawmakers.

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. "Even the original authors of Section 230 said the FCC has no role to play in the law's interpretation and have warned against the risks to small businesses and start-ups online".

In May, Trump signed an executive order to limit Section 230's legal protections. Senate Commerce Committee chairman Roger Wicker on Thursday set a hearing on Simington's nomination for November 10. 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.

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