FCC chairman plans rule to curb legal protections enjoyed by social media platforms

Amid lockdowns of social media accounts imposed by Facebook and Twitter, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai plans to move forward with an FCC rule that could limit a yearslong legal immunity Big Tech companies have enjoyed.

A provision in federal law enacted early in 1996 at the beginning of the internet era, known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996, provides legal protection for “interactive computer services,” such as Facebook and Twitter, to host content on their platforms that is violent, harassing, “or otherwise objectionable.”

Big Tech companies, unlike traditional media, are known as platforms as opposed to publishers that are not protected
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