FCC’s Ajit Pai wants to ‘clarify’ the meaning of Section 230

FCC’s Ajit Pai wants to ‘clarify’ the meaning of Section 230

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16: FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, sits at the witness table before testifying before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill June 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. The hearing’s focus is on oversight of the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions program for fiscal year 2021. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement Thursday he plans to “ forward with a rulemaking to clarify” Section 230. 

“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 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 many protections to social media companies. 


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