More than 100 organizations are urging Congress to ban social media sites from participating in the $4 billion Federal Communications Commission’s $1.4 trillion internet-neutrality program, citing the dangers of fake news.
The groups include the National Association of Broadcasters, American Association of Public Television and the Digital Society, as well as the Consumer Electronics Association, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the National Partnership for Consumer Freedom.
“The FCC should use its powers under the Communications Act to ensure that internet platforms and platforms operated by third parties don’t share or disseminate information that is false, misleading or deceptive,” the groups wrote in a letter sent Monday to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.
The FCC’s proposed rules would limit the ability of internet companies to block or filter content that could harm consumers, such as false information, ads or spam, and limit how their services could be used.
The internet companies, which also include Facebook, Google and Twitter, have long argued that the FCC is attempting to regulate their business models and prevent them from competing with traditional broadcast television and radio.
The tech companies have argued that they are vital to the success of the nation’s cable and internet industries and their consumers.
The proposal was announced in September, after an FCC hearing on the internet and TV.