“If the FCC grants the administration’s proposal, no websites or platforms would be able to set their own standards for their online communities,” explained Gaurav Laroia, senior counsel for the grassroots media and democracy group Free Press. “It would seriously threaten the ability of marginalized groups to organize and express their views without the government forcing them to allow racist and sexist interlopers into every conversation. It would leave sites little choice but to drown in posts from bigots, propagandists, conspiracy theorists and trolls.”
Vigilance is required on every front to assure that Trump does not do more damage before Jan. 20. But defenders of honest discourse and the democracy that extends from it should be especially alert to the threat posed by Trump’s pressuring of his FCC minions might crash the internet in response to a presidential fit of pique.
John Nichols is associate editor of The Capital Times. [email protected] and @NicholsUprising.
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