US regulators push back against White House plan to police social media censorship

www.theregister.co.uk | 8/23/2019 | Staff
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The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have pushed back against US President Trump's proposal to put them in charge of policing social media firms he claims are biased against right-wingers.

The draft executive order, titled "Protecting Americans from Online Censorship", aims to restrict the ability of platforms to remove content and give the FCC a far larger role in policing content. The FTC would then be empowered to sue companies over their regulation and editorial policies.

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But at a meeting with the Commerce Department last month, the two agencies warned that the proposal would face constitutional challenges, according to CNN.

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Officials also noted that their agencies answer to Congress, not the White House.

Despite no evidence of inherent bias, Trump claimed in...
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