By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-17-20

The Consumer Technology Association said the Trump Administration’s attempt to regulate online platforms that host third-party content would send the message to other countries that the U.S. is willing to regulate speech “if it offends the politically powerful.”

One of the most prominent and powerful of those would-be regulators is President Trump, who has long been pushing for social media regs, alleging censorship of speech, including his own.

Thursday (Sept. 17) was the deadline for reply comments on the Trump Administration petition to the FCC asking it to come up with a framework to regulate online content within social media’s Sec. 230 immunity from civil liability over most of that third-party content.

In its follow-up comments, CTA said rewriting Sec. 230, as it argues the president’s petition (filed with the FCC by the National Telecommunications & Information Administration) does, would dismantle that key Sec. 230 protection.

In its initial comments, CTA had already called the petition a “constitutional grenade,” using terms like “disastrous,” “dangerous,” and “unworkable.” » Read More