Four Republican state attorneys general led by Texas backed President Trump’s push to narrow the capability of social networking companies to remove objectionable content and also require new transparency rules.
Texas, Louisiana, Indiana and Missouri’s state attorneys general said in joint comments that new rules are needed. They argue social networking platforms cannot be truly free “unless the participants understand the rules of the forum, and competition is able to provide alternatives when speech restrictions go too far.”
The attorneys general added the”examples are legion of online platforms downplaying, editing, or even suppressing political speech that bears no relationship to the traditionally regulated categories of speech.”
On Wednesday, a team representing major online companies such as Facebook, Amazon.com and Google urged the Federal Communications Commission to reject a request filed by the Trump government, saying that it was”misguided, lacks grounding in law, and poses serious public policy concerns.”
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai dismissed calls from both Democrats to the bureau’s five-member commission to deny the petition without public comment. He’s declined to comment on the petition’s merits.
The Republican president directed the Commerce Department to file the petition following Twitter in May warned readers to fact-check his posts about unsubstantiated claims of fraud at mail-in voting.
The Republican attorneys general cited Twitter’s choice to flag before Trump’s tweet.
Twitter Inc on Thursday flagged two more tweets from Trump for violating its own rules on election and civic integrity by urging voters to cast ballots twice, via email and in person.
Also on Thursday, Facebook said it would stop accepting new political ads in the week before US elections on the 3rd of November in a string of moves it charged as its final strategy for decreasing risks of misinformation and election interference.
The request asks the FCC to restrict protections for social media companies under Section 230, a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that protects social media firms from liability for information posted by their users and enables them to remove lawful but objectionable posts.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Four state attorneys general back Trump on social media regulation‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson. Editing by Jonathan Oatis.
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