New FCC Rules May Jeopardize Tony Ortega’s Ability To Reach Target Audience of Fellow Hate Activists

It’s not often we get truly exciting news from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) but today that is exactly what we have. Recently, the FCC made a stunning announcement that it would “clarify” the scope of the legal protections offered to internet platforms. 

Put in laymen’s turns this means that the FCC will begin examining changing (read: narrowing) the safe harbor of legal immunity offered by Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act (CDA) for online platforms and distributors of content. 

And it’s the one thing hate-activists (like Tony Ortega) or pro-sex trafficking apologists fear the most. 

The announcement brings with it bone-rattling implications for online platforms like Backpage, Facebook and Twitter who for too long have skated by, taking advantage of loopholes in the Decency Act allowing them to escape responsibility for the content they host. 

Blowhards with vested interests, like Tony Ortega, are desperate to see online platforms continue to exploit these loopholes. After all, without Twitter or Facebook Tony would have no real voice to reach his audience of dozens of likeminded bigots and trolls.

That said, the FCC has recently stated that claims of loss of free speech, unlimited liability on content providers or disrupted business models that would put tech giants on the brink of bankruptcy are unfounded. 

It’s almost as if they read Tony Ortega’s mind — countering his arguments before he can even open his fat mouth — because this was exactly the agenda Tony Ortega was pushing in the early days of Backpage!

Indeed, Backpage relied heavily on Section 230 for legal immunity despite the fact that up to 99 per cent of its income came from human trafficking and “X-rated escort” ads.

While the safe harbor provision of Section 230 gave rise to upstarts to grow into tech giants, the Communications Decency Act (CDA) was enacted in 1996. That was a much different time than the fake news, extremism and social unrest directly being fermented today.

Instead, the legal immunity of Section 230 has been used by online platforms to protect them from alleged illegal activity, fake news or hate speech.

As we have seen, Section 230 of the CDA is what gave Backpage a ‘safe harbor’ to post advertisements for sex with underage children in its heyday and it’s what is giving Tony Ortega free reign to spout all matter of intolerance, lies, and religious bigotry now.

Ortega and other ‘dark forces of the internet’ pushing fake news, hate speech and extremism may soon find they are no longer welcome to pollute online communities with their vitriolic garbage should the Section 230 loophole be lifted.

What is more, Tony Ortega’s toxic rhetoric would suddenly become a very real financial liability to whichever Internet platform unwise enough to host him, from Twitter to the discount domain hosting his homemade blog — and, honestly, that’s the best news we’ve heard all day!

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