FCC Adds Social Media to Political Programming Rules
By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 1-6-22
The FCC plans to vote this month to expand the online activities that define a candidate, and to square its political file rules with the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA).
According to a draft of the proposed report and order (R&O), it would revise the definition of “legally qualified candidate for public office” to include creating a campaign website and the use of social media to further that campaign.
That determination has to do with whether a write-in candidate has made a “substantial showing” of their bona fide candidacy. If a TV station provides airtime to a legally qualified candidate for public office, it must make a similar provision to all other bona fide candidates for that office. » Read More
By Richard T. Kaplar|2022-01-26T00:59:02-04:00January 6th, 2022|Issue Watch|Comments Off on FCC Adds Social Media to Political Programming Rules