FCC Chairman: First Amendment Doesn’t Give Big Tech ‘Special Immunity’ Over The Free Press

FCC Chairman: First Amendment Doesn’t Give Big Tech ‘Special Immunity’ Over The Free Press


The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday announced it will be evaluating the interpretation of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and how it is applied.

“The Commission’s General Counsel has informed me that the FCC has the legal authority to interpret Section 230. Consistent with this advice, I intend to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify its meaning,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement.

While Pai said that “many advance an overly broad interpretation that in some cases shields social media companies from consumer protection laws in a way that has no basis in the text of Section 230,” the implied recent actions by the social media companies are not covered by the First Amendment.

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“Throughout my tenure at the Federal Communications Commission, I have favored regulatory parity, transparency, and free expression. Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech. But they do not have a First Amendment right to a special

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