The FCC says it will "move forward with a rulemaking to clarify [the] meaning" of Section 230 of the Communications Act, which grants tech companies broad legal immunity over user content. The announcement from FCC chairman Ajit Pai follows a whirlwind of criticism levied at social media companies, particularly Twitter, for restricting the ability to post an unsubstantiated New York Post story. The article alleged malfeasance by Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter. On Thursday, Twitter reversed its stance – it will now allow the Post article and similar content to be shared, though some posts may feature a label with additional context.
- Pai did not expand on the rulemaking process or how it would seek to modify Section 230 to address a May executive order from President Trump seeking to strip legal immunity from companies that "engage in censoring or any political conduct."
- Twitter said it initially blocked the article and users tweeting it for violating its policy against sharing private information and hacked materials.
- Twitter's head of legal said the company would revise the "Hacked Materials Policy" as it could lead to "unintended consequences" for whistleblowers and journalists.
- The Senate Judiciary Committee said it plans to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the issue.
- Read our previous round-up on Section 230.