After Censorship Outrage, FCC Will Move Forward with Rulemaking to Clarify Free Speech Rights of Social Media Companies
“Social media companies have a First Amendment right 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.”
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Social media platforms, namely Facebook and Twitter, have hidden behind a specific provision, Section 230 of the Communications Act, maintaining that they are platforms, not publishers, justification they’ve used in broad and largely ideologically specific content and user censorship.
Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai indicated those days may soon come to an end.
In a statement Thursday, Pai said:
“Members of all three branches of the federal government have expressed serious concerns about the prevailing interpretation of the immunity set for in Section 230 of the Communications Act. There is bipartisan support in Congress to reform the law. Social media companies have a First Amendment right 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.”
I've informed Chairman @AjitPaiFCC that the @FCC has the legal authority to interpret #Section230. We now intend to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify its meaning. Read the Chairman's full statement below: https://t.co/vHF3y9QOVD
— Tom Johnson (@TomMJohnsonJr) October 15, 2020
Full statement here:
In May, President Trump signed an Executive Order to prevent online censorship in order to “protect and uphold the free speech rights of the American people.”
"Today, I am signing an Executive Order to protect and uphold the free speech and rights of the American people." pic.twitter.com/agTIJ2KR6C
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2020
Just this week, Facebook and Twitter suppressed a story unfavorable to the Biden family, leading to massive outcry of censorship and ideological favoritism on the part of both publishers.
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