FCC changes its stance on Section 230 policy after months of Trump tweets

The FCC is an independent agency, and historically, it has sought to emphasize its separation from the White House. But some critics still saw the FCC’s timing as politically peculiar. Only a year ago, top FCC aides had told the Trump administration privately that they did not want to pursue regulation around online speech, according to four people with direct knowledge of the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe confidential proceedings. The comments came as part of a series of conversations convened by the White House designed to explore potential regulation targeting Silicon Valley.

Pai himself previously had expressed opposition to new FCC regulation targeting social-media sites. On Thursday, however, he set the agency on a path toward issuing new rules around Section 230, citing concerns shared by “all three branches of government” about the tech giants’ behavior.

“Social media companies have a First Amendment right to

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Trump tweets fake news story from satirical conservative website

President Trump on Friday tweeted a fake news story published by the Babylon Bee, a satirical website aimed at Christian conservatives, mocking Twitter for blocking users from sharing an unconfirmed report about Joe Biden’s son.

The president apparently didn’t realize the story he was sharing was a joke.

The social media platform did block users from sharing a New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine, based on questions about its veracity. And Twitter service was out for a time on Thursday afternoon, resulting from an unrelated technical glitch.

The Babylon Bee wasted no time

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