Four Republican senators asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday to consider whether liability protections for social media companies should be revised after President Donald Trump asked for letters to be taken on The issue.
Trump said last month that he wants to “remove or change” an article in the law that protects social media companies from possible liability for content posted by their users, and instructed a Commerce department agency to ask the FCC to act within 60 days.
Senators Marco Rubio, Kelly Loeffler, Kevin Cramer and Josh Hawley, asked the FCC to review Article 230, which talks about the criteria under which companies can be protected under the law. ”RELATED
“Social media companies have engaged in a number of editorial and promotional activities; as media publishers, they monetize, edit, and editorialize with user content. It’s time to take a fresh look at article 230 and interpret the standard bum in “good faith” with more specific rules and better leadership, “the senators wrote.
Trump has made his Twitter account – @ RealDonaldTrump – a central but controversial part of his presidency. He has 61.8 million followers. United States Attorney General William Barr, in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, shared the senators’ opinion. “These institutions are involved in censorship,” he said.
“We are seeing, as many others are, the possibility of changing article 230,” Barr said, adding that such change will require action by Congress.
White House spokesman Judd Deere noted that an executive order signed by the president last week formally requests the FCC to make an assessment of Article 230.
Trump’s executive order seeks to reduce legal protections, after Twitter added a notification to one of his tweets that violated social network regulations by “glorifying violence,” shortly after adding another notification for alleged falsehood to another tweet. Yours about voting by mail. It was the first time Twitter questioned Trump’s posts.
Last week, a lobbying group backed by the tech industry filed a lawsuit, asking a judge to block the executive order.
Ajit Pait, director of the US Federal Communications Commission, FCC President Ajit Pai, who in 2018 said he did not see that the agency had a role in regulating websites like Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter, He declined to comment on possible actions after Trump’s executive order. On Tuesday, Pait told reporters that it would not be appropriate “to prejudge a request that I have not even seen.”
FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said Tuesday that the order raises many “very complicated issues.”
O’Rielly posted a tweet shortly before saying that “as a conservative, I am concerned that troublesome voices are being silenced by liberal tech leaders. At the same time, I am deeply committed to the First Amendment, which has a lot to do with this issue. ”