The White House released a statement on the implementation of executive order: “On Monday, the Department of Commerce, as directed by President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship, filed a petition to clarify the scope of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.”
“The petition requests that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clarify that Section 230 does not permit social media companies that alter or editorialize users’ speech to escape civil liability.”
The petition also requests that the FCC clarify when an online platform curates content in “good faith,” and requests transparency requirements on their moderation practices, similar to requirements imposed on broadband service providers under Title I of the Communications Act.”
“President Trump will continue to fight back against unfair, un-American, and politically biased censorship of Americans online.”
“Many Americans rely on online platforms to stay informed and connected, sharing their thoughts and ideas on issues important to them, which can oftentimes lead to free and open debate around public policies and upcoming elections,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement announcing he was filing a petition to begin implementation of Trump’s executive order.
“It has long been the policy of the United States to foster a robust marketplace of ideas on the internet and the free flow of information around the world.
President Trump is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to express their views and not face unjustified restrictions or selective censorship from a handful of powerful companies,” he added.
"The petition requests that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) clarify that Section 230 does not permit social media companies that alter or editorialize users’ speech to escape civil liability." https://t.co/KTqixBHzCo via @whitehouse
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