"Civil society is much more fragile than I think Americans appreciate," says outgoing FCC Chair Ajit Pai

Jan 15, 2021
Pai says Congress needs to legislate rules so that agency regulations, like net neutrality, don't swing with the leader's political affiliation.
Social media companies "do not operate by the same principles that other companies in the internet economy do," says outgoing FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
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Speech on the internet: The First Amendment and Section 230 are different

Jan 14, 2021
Private parties can decide whose speech they want to distribute. That's a First Amendment right, not a Section 230 right.
Twitter permanently suspended President Trump's account, citing the risk of further incitement of violence.
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Big Tech isn't "home free" with Biden presidency, professor says

"I think Mr. Biden is less strident than Mr. Trump is. But Mr. Biden won't lay off a lot.," says Erik Gordon of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
President-elect Joe Biden waves to supporters as he leaves The Queen theater after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on Nov. 9, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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Facebook, Twitter and more crack down on violent rhetoric, election misinformation

Social media companies are now in the business of trying to swat down misinformation, as is clear from the 2020 election.
Since Election Day, Twitter has put about a third of President Donald Trump’s tweets behind a fact-check label.
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There's a bipartisan effort to change laws that govern speech on the internet

Republicans and Democrats both want to have the laws changed, if for different reasons.
The list of U.S government agencies compromised in the SolarWinds hack continues to expand.
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Immunity for social media platforms is challenged

Sep 24, 2020
The Trump administration and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to change the way companies like Facebook handle problematic user posts.
A person looking at tweets from President Trump's account that were flagged by Twitter. The Trump administration is proposing that Congress limit immunity given to internet companies.
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Is more tech regulation coming in 2019?

Jan 3, 2019
After a turbulent year, big tech is bound to face more scrutiny.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai listens during a commission meeting December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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