A draft executive order from the White House could put the Federal Communications Commission in charge of shaping how Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and other large tech companies curate what appears on their websites, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.
The draft order, a summary of which was obtained by CNN, calls for the FCC to develop new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they decide to remove or suppress content on their platforms. Although still in its early stages and subject to change, the Trump administration’s draft order also calls for the Federal Trade Commission to take those new policies into account when it investigates or files lawsuits against misbehaving companies.
Waaaait a minute. Trump basically wants to dictate what private companies allow or don’t allow speech wise on their own platforms? How would this work? I realize the aim here is if a conservative feels their speech is being suppressed by a PRIVATE company, they can hit back, but what about conservative social media platforms like RO? Could liberals make official complaints and bring the FCC crashing down on conservatives? Didn’t conservatives fight super hard to get rid of internet regulations against private ISPs, but now Trump wants to use the FCC to have the government moderate a different set of private companies? There are so many holes here, it sounds like it’s gonna be a giant mess.