FCC’s Ajit Pai wants to ‘clarify’ the meaning of Section 230
The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement Thursday he plans to “move forward with a rulemaking to clarify” Section 230.
Read my full statement below. pic.twitter.com/LhUz5XMdSC
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) October 15, 2020
“Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech,” Pai wrote. “But they do not have a First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets, such as newspapers and broadcasters.”
Pai’s latest statement comes as President Trump and other Republicans have issued renewed calls for Section 230 to be revoked after Twitter and Facebook moved to stop a New York Post story that claimed to incriminate Joe Biden. Section 230, considered by many to eb the internet’s most important law, is a provision of the Communications Decency Act, which protects social media companies from being legally liable for what their users say and do on their platforms.
But it’s also become a frequent target of Republican and Democrats alike who argue the law gives too many protections to social media companies.
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