Section 230 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Abuse of Power

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 was the first major overhaul of telecommunications in decades. This act allowed anyone to enter into the communications business, competing in any market.

This act affected consumers as well as playing a major role in the balance of political power. Immediately after this act was passed there were major mergers and acquisitions which impacted the integrity of the news reported to the consumers.

Today we are seeing the impact of this act passing more than ever. With a handful of corporations controlling the news conglomerates. Is it any wonder they are biased with what they report?

Section 230 has recently come under fire of the Telecommunications Act. As it should. It definitely inspires bipartisan antipathy.

Section 230 shields platforms from liability stemming from third party content on their sites. This protects Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to name a few from third party content. By exempting these platforms.

This is currently a major topic as President Trump has signed an executive order in May to remove their protective shield if they show bias in their censorship. Many critics feel that Google should no longer benefit from this protection if it cannot itself extend protection to other sites such as its recent attack on the Federalist.

Google warned (bullied) the Federalist over its ad platform. Google had already banned right leaning ZeroHedge over its ad content preventing it from earning revenue. It has warned the Federalist that the same fate awaits them if they do not change their ad content.

The premise for this is that the ads promote hate. But then the story took a turn once the Little Boy who Cried Wolf from NBC changed his tune. Of course this turn was not broadcasted as loudly as initial claim. It wasn’t about the ads. It was about the comment sections on each site. Well…which is it? I guess we will never know the truth. But comment sections have allegedly been removed from these sites.

Today we see articles, comments, videos being banned deleted or marked as false with much regularity. Once freedom of thought is gone, all freedom is lost. Hate is being used to drive changes on many levels in this country. But the truth is, it has nothing to do with hate. It is all about power. A majority of these companies owning telecommunication networks are far left. They’ve gotten really good at promoting their agenda of the right all being racist. If you do not agree 100% with the far left, you’re labeled. If you point out that Soros is a major contributor to the Black Lives Organization, you are a racist. If you speak up for yourself, you are a racist. If you question the agenda of self proclaimed trained marxists running Black Lives Matter, you are a racist.

The world thought we were better off connected at one time. The news came into our homes and kept us informed of happenings around the world. Or so we thought. What we have is abuse of power. In an age of cyber bullying, it seems to me that these major corporations are the biggest bullies on the playground.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281389845_The_Impact_of_the_Telecommunications_Act_of_1996_in_the_Broadband_Age

https://www.fcc.gov/general/telecommunications-act-1996

https://www.foxnews.com/media/what-is-section-230-and-why-is-it-under-fire

Reforming section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

https://knewz.com/google-ban-federalist-ad/

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7 thoughts on “Section 230 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Abuse of Power”

  1. The idea of section 230 *was* a good one. We live in a society where everyone’s answer to a boo-boo on their feelings is NOT to grow up and get over it, but to sue.

    What it’s become now… yeah, it’s a mess.

    The root of the problem goes even further though; It’s an education system that indoctrinates people into broken economic and social theories, does nothing to teach basic economics, critical thinking nor true democratic principles, and teaches revisionist history. That’s where the current heads of these companies get their ideologies; ivory tower academics.

    Combine that with the reality that the people on the internet all day spreading the poison are indoctrinated college kids still living in mommy’s basement or otherwise out of work people, and that’s the victim mentality end of it. Normal folks are too busy working for a living to troll the internet 12 hours at a time. SO in a sense, Google and such are just catering to the largest block of their customer base.

      1. Medicare and Medicaid are constant victims of distorted facts. Democrats want to push it up by X% and Republicans are only willing to increase it by half that amount, the Republicans get accused of slashing it because it’s not as big an increase. Then we get follow up stories (commentary really) of wanting to starve the elderly and disabled to death.

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