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Internet Companies Urge FCC to Reject Trump Bid to Impose New Social Media Regulations

A gaggle representing main web firms together with Facebook Inc, Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject a Trump administration bid to slender the power of social media firms to take away objectionable content material.

The Internet Association stated in a submitting that the Trump administration petition filed in August in search of new guidelines “is misguided, lacks grounding in law, and poses serious public policy concerns.” It stated new FCC guidelines may lead to a lack of authorized protections for eradicating “fraudulent schemes, scams, dangerous content promoting suicide or eating disorders to teens, and a wide range of other types of ‘otherwise objectionable’ content.”

The Consumer Technology Association, which represents firms like IBM, Microsoft and Sony , additionally blasted the trouble, saying it will “make compliance all but impossible.”

“It is shocking that our own government would seek to undermine a law that has led to unprecedented American innovation, with massive benefits for our consumers and economy,” stated Michael Petricone, a CTA official. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai dismissed calls from the 2 Democrats on the company’s five-member fee to reject the petition with out public remark. President Donald Trump directed the Commerce Department to file the petition after Twitter Inc in May warned readers to fact-check his posts about unsubstantiated claims of fraud in mail-in voting.

Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube earlier this month all pulled a put up by Trump for violating their COVID-19 misinformation insurance policies.

The petition asks the FCC to restrict protections for social media firms beneath Section 230, a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that shields social media firms from legal responsibility for content material posted by their customers and permits them to take away lawful however objectionable posts.

Trump, a Republican working for reelection, has repeatedly expressed anger at social media firms.

In August, the White House abruptly pulled the nomination of FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly for a brand new time period simply days after he questioned the trouble to regulate social media firms’ editorial selections.

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