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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana joined forces with several states last week to urge the Federal Communications Commission to look at how political speech is moderated on popular social media websites.Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill signed onto a letter with the attorneys general from Texas, Louisiana and Missouri. Their statement comes alongside an executive order President Donald Trump issued in May requiring the National Telecommunications and Information Association to submit a petition clarifying to the Federal Communications Commission what responsibilities social media platforms have in policing their websites for criminal activity and speech.Of particular concern to Trump, the NTIA and the letter from the attorneys general is Section 230 of the federal Communications Decency Act, which formed in 1996 as the internet was getting off the ground. Section 230 gave important legal protections to platforms like social media websites, providing them broad immunity when it comes to user speech.
The letter from the attorneys general refers to recent efforts by Twitter and others to fact check false or misleading claims about hot button issues like COVID-19 and the 2020 election. For example, Twitter flagged a post this summer from President Donald Trump that claimed mail-in voting leads to increased voter fraud. The flag posted by …
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