The Trump administration took a key step on Monday toward fulfilling the president’s executive order on social media, formally asking the FCC to develop regulations that could apply to Facebook, Twitter and other tech platforms.
Trump has been targeting social media since Twitter applied a warning label to his tweets that said they were “potentially misleading.” Twitter highlighted two of Trump’s tweets that claimed, without evidence, that mail-in voting would lead to widespread voter fraud. Trump later threatened to “strongly regulate” or shut down social media platforms. Since then, Trump has continued his attacks against Twitter.
Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic FCC commissioner, said the agency should steer clear of the request. “The FCC shouldn’t take this bait,” Rosenworcel said in a statement. “While social media can be frustrating, turning this agency into the President’s speech police is not the answer. If we honor the Constitution, we will reject this petition immediately.”
Aneesh Chopra, president of CareJourney who served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama, joins “Squawk Box” to give his thoughts on Wednesday’s historic antitrust hearing with the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet and Facebook.