Today, reports surfaced that the Trump Administration is drafting an Executive Order that would require the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to monitor speech on social media platforms. Reports indicate that the draft order calls for the FCC to develop new regulations detailing how and when the law shields social media companies when they remove content from their platforms. Public Knowledge finds this Administration’s potential abandonment of free speech and agency independence alarming.
Today, reports surfaced that a Facebook third-party marketing partner, Hyp3r, collected public Instagram user data that was intended to disappear after 24 hours over the course of a year. This data includes records of Instagram users’ geolocation, personal bios, followers, metadata, and photos.
Today, the Department of Justice announced it will conduct a review of competition in digital platforms. Public Knowledge welcomes this announcement and urges the DOJ to thoroughly examine the persistence of market power and the lack of significant new entrants into digital platform markets.
Public Knowledge President Gene Kimmelman will testify before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law this Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. His testimony in the hearing on “Open Platforms and Market Power, Part 1: The Free and Diverse Press” will argue that it’s time to pair antitrust law with the right regulatory framework to promote competition among digital platforms.