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    After Censorship Outrage, FCC Will Move Forward with Rulemaking to Clarify Free Speech Rights of Social Media Companies

    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.”

    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.”

    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.

    Facebook and Twitter started this war.

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    12 Business days to the Election.
    Have the papers been served?
    I doubt it.
    And, one single contest, and the 12 days are gone.
    You ever see a Court do anything in 12 days?
    Oh, they are good in being obstructing activist’s when you have a loose nut Judge…
    But here in the real world…
    Nothing is going to happen in 12 days.

    Here’s what you get when your press corps knows you’ll murder them if they piss you off (nonetheless, it is touching):

    Blind Teen Journalist Asks Putin For Permission To Touch Him:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9tWd1qiDBs

    Per The Blaze, Twitter is backing down and allowing the Biden story to be posted.


     
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    daniel_ream | October 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

    After reading the article and the comments, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Republic is doomed. If a legal blog run by a tenured law professor and its followers can get basic facts of law and Internet technology this wrong just because they’re angry their free sh*t is being taken away, then there’s no hope. I’m going to get drunk and watch the whole thing burn.


     
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    Aarradin | October 16, 2020 at 3:36 am

    So, by the time they act, the election will be over and if the D’s win that’s the last we’ll hear of this.

    This is how Republic’s turn into Banana Republics.

    What’s the first thing Hugo Chavez did when his socialist Party won an election in Venezuela? Took control of all of the major news outlets in the country. After that, the opposition had no chance. One move, and his Party is in power until the people start a Revolution and take their country back by force.

    Here, the media is already in the bag for the Socialists. But, the internet has proved an effective counter to that. So, Google, Facebook, Twitter – all effective monopolies, put their thumbs on the scale. Control web search results effectively neuters Conservative media – difficult, sometimes impossible, to find any of their articles at all. Liberal press reports always dominate the top of all search results. Youtube censors videos that hurt D’s and demonitizes channels they dislike – no ad revenue for Conservative channels. Twitter and Facebook shadowban outrageously, and now they are flat out banning accounts and individuals that dare report the biggest news on the planet. A month before the election.

    D Potus, and guess what: D majority FCC. We all saw how that worked with Obama in office. The D members of the board are political activists first, Americans never. Anything to help the Party maintain power permanently, zero concern for free speech.


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