It was just announced as dead on arrival. The shocking report has completely rocked President Donald Trump and the White House — they never expected this news. Now they have to come up with another plan.
Part of Trump’s executive order attempted to compel the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the censorship of conservatives on social media. This might not be possible according to at least one FCC commissioner.
Mike O’Rielly, a Republican member of the FCC, said during an interview that he sympathizes with the president’s goal, but “what we do about that is a different story.” His primary concern is whether Congress has provided authorization.
In order to address censorship by social media companies, the FCC would have to revisit Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and reform it. “Did Congress provide us authority to act?” asked O’Rielly, noting his “deep reservations.”
Ultimately, then, Congress may have to act in order to resolve this potential conflict between law and agency-level rulemaking. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is reportedly working with other Republican members “to craft legislation” on the issue.
It is Gaetz’ viewpoint — which is expected to be presented in the bill — “that if you’re going to opine as to the truth or falsity of that which is put on your platform, for the sake of its viewers, you don’t get the protection of Section 230.”
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