Section 230 and the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship
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Updated October 16, 2020
Article Extracted from: Congress.gov
On May 28, 2020, President Trump issued the Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship (EO), expressing the executive branch's views on Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act. As discussed in this Legal Sidebar, Section 230, under certain circumstances, immunizes online content providers from liability for merely hosting others' content. The EO stakes out a position in existing interpretive disputes about the law's meaning and instructs federal agencies, including the Department of Commerce, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Department of Justice, to take certain actions to implement this understanding.
On October 15, 2020, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the FCC will adopt rules interpreting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. FCC General Counsel Tom Johnson confirmed that his office has advised Chairman Pai that "the FCC has the legal authority to interpret Section 230." Chairman Pai's statement comes after the National Telecommunications and Information Administration petitioned the FCC for rulemaking.
On August 3, 2020, the FCC invited public commenton the petition for 45 days and received more than 20,000 comments in response.
Unfortunately until Section 230 is changed the more Covid-19 spreads throughout the world, the more censorship gains ground and online social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and others continue to engage in "selective censorship" that is harming our national discourse.
To further promote their censorship agenda they claim to use the best fact checking companies or programs that use Artificial intelligence but, the results always remain the same and for good reason. Watch "this short video" to learn why.Read more