FCC Chairman Says Agency Will Move on Social Media Companies, End ‘Special Immunity Denied to Other Media Outlets’

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday that he plans to begin a rulemaking process to clarify the legal immunities social media companies are permitted to claim under federal law, writing that in his estimation, they do not have a right to “special immunity” denied to traditional media.

“Members of all three branches of the federal government have expressed serious concerns about the prevailing interpretation of the immunity set forth in Section 230 of the Communications Act,” Pai said in his statement. “Many advance an overly broad interpretation that in some cases shields social media companies from consumer protection laws in a way that has no basis in the text of Section 230.”

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