Free Press

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal access to communications. Learn more at www.freepress.net

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Friday, October 16, 2020
FCC Chairman Moves to Regulate Internet Sites and Social Media That Refuse to Amplify Trump Propaganda and Lies
On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced the agency’s plans to move forward on new rules to govern content moderation on social-media platforms and other websites that feature third-party content. The FCC move comes in response to a White House executive order from...
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Wednesday, September 09, 2020
New Legislation Is the Latest Attempt by Trump and His Congressional Allies to Bend Online Platforms to Their Political Will
On Tuesday afternoon, three Senate Republicans introduced a bill that would restrict the protections granted to online platforms by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The legislation, proposed by Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R–Tennessee), Lindsey Graham (R–South Carolina) and Roger Wicker (R...
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Thursday, August 27, 2020
Free Press and Allies File Lawsuit Challenging Trump's Executive Order Against Social-Media Companies
On Thursday, Free Press joined Common Cause, Maplight, Rock the Vote and Voto Latino as plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s May 28 executive order that seeks to punish social-media companies for fact checking the president’s online posts. The administration’s order was in...
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Thursday, July 02, 2020
Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Controversial EARN IT Act
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed an amended EARN IT Act, paving the way for floor debate in the full Senate. Though the bill has changed substantially since its early drafts, Free Press Action continues to raise serious concerns about the legislation. The original bill would have...
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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
As Attacks on Protesters and Journalists Increase, Coverage of Communities and Police Needs to Change
The weekend saw escalating police violence against protesters and reporters at nationwide demonstrations against the police killing of George Floyd and systemic racial injustices. There has been an unprecedented number of attacks against journalists at many of these protests as law-enforcement...
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Thursday, May 28, 2020
House of Representatives Delays Vote on USA Freedom Reauthorization Act as Activists Demand Better and Beat Back Attack on Civil Liberties
On Wednesday, the leadership of the House of Representatives put off a final vote on the USA Freedom Reauthorization Act, moving to the brink of a vote on the legislation before abandoning plans when it became clear they may not have the numbers needed to pass the bill. After a series of late...
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Thursday, May 28, 2020
Trump’s Executive Order Is a Blatant and Unconstitutional Attempt to Silence Critics and Fact Checkers
On Thursday, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order punishing social-media companies that fact check his online posts. On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a threat to take action against these platforms after Twitter attached a fact-checking link to an inaccurate presidential...
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Thursday, May 21, 2020
The Trump FCC's Net Neutrality Repeal Is Still Wrong
On Wednesday, Free Press condemned the Federal Communications Commission’s abandonment of its authority to safeguard internet users and promote universal and affordable access to an open internet. In 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit commanded the FCC to examine the impacts of...
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Thursday, May 14, 2020
Amendment to Surveillance Reauthorization Bill Is a Step in the Right Direction. More Is Needed to Protect Privacy Rights.
On Wednesday, the Senate voted on two amendments as it moved closer to renewing the authority for national-security agencies to spy on the communications of people in the United States. The first amendment to the reauthorization legislation, offered by Sens. Steve Daines (R–Montana) and Ron Wyden (...
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Rumored Approval of T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Will Mean Higher Prices for Wireless Users
According to media reports on Monday evening, a U.S. District Court judge in New York is expected to approve the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. The judge’s decision, expected Tuesday, reportedly rules against attorneys general from 13 states and the District of Columbia, who argued...
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