The petition for rulemaking puts the ball in the FCC’s court. The agency must now decide whether to agree to President Donald Trump’s call for FCC oversight of internet platforms. Trump and other Republicans have long criticized companies, including Facebook ( and )Twitter (, for allegedly censoring conservatives; the companies have denied the claims. )
“President Trump is committed to protecting the rights of all Americans to express their views and not face unjustified restrictions or selective censorship from a handful of powerful companies,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement.
FCC spokesman Brian Hart said the agency will carefully review the petition.