On Monday, a petition was filed containing a request that FCC (Federal Communications Commission) impose a regulatory need on all social media entities.
To narrow the liability protection of all the online companies, the Commerce Department of the United States petitioned FFC. Regarding this, in May, President Donald Trump directed it as a crackdown on all anti-conservative bias.
The filed petition imposes on all companies even when the company does not regulate them.
On this, Wilbur Ross, Commerce Secretary, said- “It has long been the policy of the United States to foster a robust marketplace of ideas on the Internet and the free flow of information around the world,” Source: Politico.
Further, Ross continued- “President Trump is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to express their views and not face unjustified restrictions or selective censorship from a handful of powerful companies.” Source: Politico.
President Trump issued an executive order on May 28, which called on the Commerce Department of the United States. The reason for issuing an executive order was to file this petition within 60 days.
The petition asks FCC to- “[m]andate disclosure for internet transparency similar to that required of other internet companies, such as broadband service providers.” Source: Politico.
The petition on its 57th page reads- “The FCC should use its authorities to clarify ambiguities in section 230 so as to make its interpretation appropriate to the current internet marketplace and provide clearer guidance to courts, platforms, and users,” Source: Politico.
People demand to specify and explain that section 230 does not imply to the internet companies. “decision, agreement, or action to restrict access to or availability of material provided by another information content provider or to bar any information content provider from using an interactive computer service.” Source: Politico.
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