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Four Republican senators ask FCC to clear Trump’s executive order

Four Republican senators ask FCC to clear Trump’s executive order
Four Republican senators ask FCC to clear Trump’s executive order

Two weeks after President Donald Trump inked an executive order targeting the legal shield that social media companies rely on to safeguard them from liability for user-generated content, four American senators have urged the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to take a ‘fresh look’ at this order. 

The law, called as section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, is necessary for social media giants like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, the companies Mr. Trump had long accused of surpassing conservative voices.

According to sources with familiar with the knowledge of matter,  the letter from Republican Senators named, Marco Rubio, Kevin Cramer, Kelly Loeffler, and Josh Hawley requested the FCC to examine Section 230 and clearly define the criteria when social media companies should receive protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

The Senator wrote that social media enterprises participate in a range of publishing and promotional activities and it is time to look at Section 230 again and to interpret the vague 'good faith' standard with specific directions and guidelines.

U.S. Attorney General, William Barr said in the interview that these entities are now engaged in censorship adding that this change would require action by Congress. White House Speaker Judd Deere said that Trump's Executive Order officially directed the FCC to study Section 230.

According to sources, President Donald Trump inked executive order after Twitter Inc added a notice that one of his tweets violated his ‘glorifying violence’ rules, and shortly Twitter took a step of labeling one of his tweets with a fact check-mark. The president then He accused Twitter about ‘stifling free speech’.

Twitter’s Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey wrote on the company’s  fact-checking policies in several tweets that the company would continue to point out disputed and incorrect information about elections globally.

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