The Trump-appointed Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, has killed a last-minute effort to curb Big Tech censorship, saying there is insufficient time to take action.
Pai, who is set to step down from the FCC later this month, said he would not proceed with a proposed rulemaking change to Section 230, the law that shields tech companies from lawsuits related to censorship of First Amendment protected content, or defamation.
In an interview with C-SPAN, the FCC chairman also said he would not “second-guess” recent decisions by Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to ban President Trump.
Asked if he agreed with Facebook and Twitter’s decisions, Pai responded “given the circumstances we saw yesterday, I’m not going to second-guess those decisions.”
Asked why he would not move forward on the proposed rule-making change, Pai said “there’s simply not sufficient time to complete the administrative steps necessary in order to resolve the