(ConservativePeak.com)- Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will reportedly not go ahead with implementing new rules advocated by outgoing President Donald Trump that would limit the ability of social media platforms to censor conservatives.
His announcement is a huge blow to President Donald Trump who has for years warned that Section 230 protections for social media giants were being misused, with platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube banning users for being conservatives or opposing critical race theory.
Last year, the president demanded that the FCC put new rules in place that would change how Section 230 rules, from the 1996 Communications Decency Act, apply to the social media giants. His suggestion would have seen the tech giants lost protection from liability for content posted by users.
And with a Joe Biden administration now a certainty, it looks like the social media giants can enjoy at least another two years (until the midterms) of Democrats making life as easy as possible for those who want to silence conservatives online.
On October 15, Pai originally said he planned to go ahead with implementing the new rules, but on Thursday he told C-SPAN that he didn’t have enough time to do it before Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20.
“The status is that I do not intend to move forward with the notice of proposed rule-making at the FCC,” Pai also told Protocol. “The reason is, in part, because given the results of the election, there’s simply not sufficient time to complete the administrative steps necessary in order to resolve the rule-making. Given that reality, I do not believe it’s appropriate to move forward,” he said.
Many conservatives are likely disappointed to hear the news, but it does not appear as though this was a decision made on the grounds of principle. Instead, Pai has accepted there won’t be enough time to make it happen, and when the Democrats control all three branches of government, it will be very difficult for any Trump-era rules on Section 230 to survive anyway.
We’re in for a bumpy four years.