FILE PHOTO: Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks at the WSJTECH Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, U.S., October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is re-examining the part of US law that lets tech companies decide what people are allowed to say on their platforms, acting on demands from President Donald Trump and both Republican and Democrat lawmakers.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Thursday the Commission would “clarify the meaning” of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. 

Section 230 offers two main legal shields to tech companies: It gives them power to moderate the content that appears on their platforms, and protects them from liability for illegal content posted by users.

“Members of all three branches of the federal government have expressed concerns about the prevailing interpretation of the immunity set forth in Section 230 of the Communications Act. There is bipartisan support in Congress to reform the law,” Pai said in a statement.

Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers have called for reforms to Section 230, though for very different reasons.

Republicans, including Trump, have argued Section 230 allows tech companies like Facebook to censor lawful speech and target conservatives.

Democrats, including presidential candidate Joe Biden, take issue with the protection from legal liability for harmful content that flourishes on social media platforms.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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