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Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:49 PM

FCC chair says agency will take public comment on Trump social media petition

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission will take public comment for 45 days on a petition filed by the Trump administration seeking new transparency rules in how social media companies moderate content, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said on Monday.

Pai rejected calls from Democrats that he summarily dismiss the petition without public comment. The decision came after President Donald Trump directed the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 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.

Pai has said previously he does not see a role for the FCC to regulate websites like Twitter, Facebook Inc or Alphabet Inc's Google, but said on Monday the FCC "should welcome vigorous debate - not foreclose it. The American people deserve to have a say, and we will give them that chance."

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter that Congress, not the FCC, should act. "Perhaps when comments are in we can package up the whole docket and send it over to Congress-where this debate belongs," Starks wrote.



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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Aug 3 OP
groundloop Aug 3 #1
cayugafalls Aug 3 #2
C_U_L8R Aug 3 #3
iluvtennis Aug 3 #4
procon Aug 3 #5
durablend Aug 3 #6
Gidney N Cloyd Aug 3 #7

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:51 PM

1. tRump's putin-bots will no doubt flood the FCC with fake comments.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:53 PM

2. Bingo.

This will not go well.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 12:54 PM

3. Boo-hoo, social media is so unfair to liars and cheats.

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #3)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 01:03 PM

4. + 1. nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 01:12 PM

5. "fact-check his posts", because the president lies.

He lies frequently, every day. He lies about things large and small, often without rhyme or reason. Don't trust anything the president says.

Yeah, I can see why Trump would want to squelch social media transparency rules.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 01:51 PM

6. "Ban him from Twitter!"

There's *my* say

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Aug 3, 2020, 06:09 PM

7. This seems well outside the FCC's purview.

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