Ajit Pai, the FCC Director, has just issued a major statement saying he’ll be soon clarifying the meaning of Section 230:
Read my full statement below. pic.twitter.com/LhUz5XMdSC
— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) October 15, 2020
His statement comes two days after Facebook and Twitter have begun censoring the New York Post over articles that could hurt Joe Biden.
Pai says he’s been advised by the Commission’s general counsel that the FCC has the legal authority to interpret Section 230. He notes that many interpret Section 230 in an “overly broad” way that gives too many protections to social media companies.
Thus, Pai writes that he will begin a rulemaking process clarifying the meaning of Section 230. He adds that while social media companies have a First Amendment right, “they do NOT have First Amendment right to a special immunity denied to other media outlets, such as newspapers and broadcasters.”
Here’s a little response to Pai’s announcement:
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
Cannot overstate the importance of this announcement
FCC Chairman @AjitPaiFCC says he has the legal authority to interpret section 230 and intends to do so with an eye towards transparency from social media companies on now clearly revealed biased content moderation standards https://t.co/FKXl5FDIen
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) October 15, 2020
Big Tech has only itself to blame https://t.co/YQhrZ8w3dC
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) October 15, 2020