Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said on Thursday that the agency will continue to develop new rules to clarify the meaning of an important legal protection for social media companies.
The announcement came as Republicans expressed anger at Twitter’s decision to ban sharing of New York Post reports about the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
US President Donald Trump instructed the US Department of Commerce in May of this year to submit a petition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to seek the passage of a “Section 230” provision to curb social media companies Legal protection. Pai said the FCC’s general counsel said the agency “has legal authority to interpret Section 230.”
Pai did not put forward any specific ideas, nor did he say whether it would propose to reduce the legal protection of social media companies, which may harm the current business model.
The petition requires the FCC to restrict the protection of social media companies in accordance with Section 230 (a provision of the 1996 Communications Regulation Act), which exempts them from responsibility for user-posted content and allows them to delete legal but orders Disgusting posts.
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Many legal experts and Internet companies believe that the FCC has no right to issue regulations under Section 230.
The Internet Society, an organization representing major Internet companies (including Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, and Alphabet’s Google) said: “The First Amendment protects the ability of every private company to set and enforce rules for acceptable content on services.”
US Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel (Jessica Rosenworcel) stated that the commission “has nothing to do with the president’s speech police.”
Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr stated that the FCC “will bring much-needed clarity to Section 230 and eliminate loopholes exploited by Big Tech.”
In September, Trump nominated Nathan Simington, a senior government official involved in a social media petition, as the FCC seat, and last week Trump urged a quick confirmation vote. The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Roger Wicker, will hold a hearing on Simington’s nomination on November 10.
Pai has refused to comment on the petition for months, and Trump has repeatedly called for action. Any final regulations may still take at least a year.
Pai said on a forum in August 2018 that he hopes social media companies will support freedom of speech, but hopes that the FCC will not be effective in regulating websites such as Facebook, Google and Twitter.
Bayern said in 2018: “The government is not here to regulate these platforms. We have no right to do so.”
Pai noted on Thursday that he had always advocated freedom of speech during his tenure, but he added: “What does Article 230 currently mean? Many people have offered overly broad explanations, and in some cases, this explanation makes social media companies Freedom from consumer protection laws, which is unfounded. The text of Article 230.”
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