UPDATE Inside Towers reported yesterday the White House reversed course and withdrew Michael O'Rielly's nomination for another five-year term on the FCC. The action came after a Senate committee approved his reappointment on July 22.
The White House gave no explanation for the change. Speculation Tuesday
centered around O’Rielly’s comments last week warning against government
intervention into speech on social media. President Donald Trump in May
ordered the Commerce Department to petition the FCC to impose new
regulations on social media moderation practices. The order directed the
National Telecommunications and Information Administration to draw up a
proposal to the FCC to limit the liability protections that tech
platforms currently enjoy for third-party content on their sites under
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
First Amendment advocates have raised doubts that such a move would
withstand constitutional scrutiny, but the FCC on Monday opened up the
proposal for public comment, according to Deadline. It now will go through a 45-day period for comments. Continue Reading