New FCC Nominee Has Already Been Helping Trump Try To Censor Social Media

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Trump nominates Nathan Simington to Federal Communications Commission (FCC). When both presidential contenders—incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden—want to repeal Section 230 of federal communications law, it’s perhaps the best indicator that doing so is a bad idea. As First Amendment lawyer and law professor Eric Goldman put it earlier this summer: “Turns out that censorship is a bipartisan objective.”The popularity among politicians for destroying this free speech-protective law proves yet again how appealing censorship is to both Republicans and Democrats. It seems like every week in 2020, we get a new and devastating reminder of this unfortunate fact. Today, it comes in the form of Trump’s new nominee for Federal Communications Commission commissioner: Nathan Simington.The first sign that this is no good for social media and the internet is that Simington is a veteran telecom lawyer. But he’s not just any telecom lawyer. “Simington, a senior adviser at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), played a significant role in drafting a petition required under the Trump administration’s social media executive order issued over the summer,” reports The Verge. That NTIA petition was central to Trump’s gambit to get the FCC to reinterpret Section 230. ( …

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