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Americans for Prosperity analyst Billy Easley II discusses the administration?s execu

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Americans for Prosperity analyst Billy Easley II discusses the administration?s execu

06.10.20 06:53 AM

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, the White House issued an executive order curtailing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The Act, passed in 1996, asserts that people are*responsible*for their words and actions online, not the tools they use. It ensures that legal challenges to online speech should generally be directed at the speakers rather than the platforms. The law is often cited as a major reason for why free speech has flourished on the internet. The administration’s executive order, if implemented, will have major implications for free expression online. In the following Q&A, Americans for Prosperity Senior Policy Analyst Billy Easley II explains its potential impact on the internet. Q: What exactly does the executive order do? A: The order instructs the FCC and the FTC to create new rules on how Section 230 is enforced. This will allow these agencies to punish online platforms they believe are engaging in “selective censorship.” Punishment could include those commonly used in antitrust cases, although the exact penalties are not specified in the order. Q: If Congress wrote the law, does the administration have the authority to take these actions? A: No. The administration must execute the laws passed by Congress and […]

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