By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 10-28-20

The Democratic leadership of the House Energy & Commerce Committee said the FCC has some explaining to do about Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to act on the Trump Administration’s request that it find a way to regulate social media, platforms Republicans argue are using their Section 230 liability immunity to censor conservative speech.

In a letter to Pai, Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chairman of the committee, and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), chairman of the Communications Subcommittee, demanded information on what they said was the FCC’s sudden decision to move on a Section 230 rulemaking and announce it just before the election.

“The fact that this announcement came just weeks before the election, and that President Trump has pushed for this [Communications Decency Act Section 230] rulemaking, raise serious questions about the independence of the agency,” they wrote. » Read More