FCC Chair Calls Out Twitter Censorship

To people falsely asserting that ending “Net Neutrality” will threaten free speech, he points out Twitter censorship is real.

By pointing out Twitter censorship in defending his policy, Ajit Pai shows that Donald Trump nominated the right person to chair the Federal Communication Commission.

The fact that these giant Silicon Valley tech companies hate “Net Neutrality” may reflect their thirst to have control of the internet. Google owns YouTube and has begun a major censorship push. Facebook is not far behind with “protecting” users from “fake news.” Such groups cannot be trusted when they defend “freedom.” Their records disprove their rhetoric.

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Cnet reports, “FCC chairman calls Twitter the real threat to an open internet.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has gone on the attack to defend his proposal to roll back net neutrality regulations.

Pai said in a speech Tuesday he wanted to “cut through the hysteria and hot air” about the proposal he unveiled last week to unwind the Obama-era rules that prevent broadband companies from controlling consumers’ internet experience.

The Federal Communications Commission chairman defended his plan as a return to a light regulatory framework established by President Bill Clinton in the 1990s at the dawn of the commercial internet. Then he went on the attack against social media platform Twitter, accusing it and other, unnamed internet companies of censorship.

He argued that these companies, rather than internet services providers, are the real threat to an open internet.

“Let’s not kid ourselves. When it comes to an open internet, Twitter is part of the problem,” Pai said at an event hosted by the R Street Institute in Washington. “The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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